18 May 2010
His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, will present the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps (RNZAMC) with the Prince Richard Banner at Linton Military Camp on Thursday 20 May.
The Duke of Gloucester has an affiliation with the RNZAMC as its Colonel-in-Chief and the opportunity to visit Linton will also allow HRH to meet soldiers and officers from the RNZAMC.
“I am proud to represent our Corps on this day, a Corps which carries a rich history of exemplary commitment and care for our soldiers. A corps which is innovative, forward thinking and passionate about delivering the best care for our comrades,” says parade commander Lieutenant Colonel Dunn (Regimental Colonel RNZAMC).
A Banner is a sign to which the Corps can acknowledge their loyalty and duty to honour the laws of the community in which they are placed, it represents duty towards Sovereign and Country. It is a symbol to which soldiers can honour the courage and commitment of predecessors and a beacon to which soldiers can aspire to achieve high standards of courage, comradeship, commitment and integrity.
The parade will begin at 1030 and is expected to take approximately two hours. It will be followed with a formal photo, meet and greet with medical personnel and viewing a display of current capability and equipment.
Note: This is a formal occasion for the Corps and attending media are requested to dress in tidy attire.
For further information, or media wishing to attend, please contact Paul Stein, Communications Advisor (Central), on 06 351 9077 or 021 409 033.
RNZAMC Corps Day
Most Corps observe a Corps Day, usually a day having great significance to the Corps or to its allied predecessor in the British Army.
RNZAMC Corps day is 7 May, the anniversary of the formation of the New Zealand Medical Corps in 1908. Prior to 1983, the day was celebrated on 23 June, the date in 1898 that Queen Victoria placed her signature on the Royal Warrant which signified her will and pleasure that the Royal Army Medical Corps be formed.
The RNZAMC Colours
The RNZAMC Corps Flag is divided into three equal horizontal panels of Ruby upper, Purple Navy, central and Gold, lower. The history behind why the original colours were selected remains obscure, but the accepted explanation is that: Ruby or Dull Cherry represents blood, Purple Navy or Royal Blue depicts the colour of the facings of the uniform, and Gold indicates the Royal Assent on the formation of the Corps.
Formation of the NZMC
The New Zealand Medical Corps was formed by an amendment to the Defence Regulations dated 7 May 1908 Gazette No. 38/1908.
On 12 July 1947 (Gazette No. 39/1947) the NZMC was granted a Royal Warrant and became the Royal NZ Army Medical Corps (RNZAMC).