National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Good Luck Charm

Good Luck Charm

Good luck charm This colourful cross pendant was given to 31544 Lance Corporal Edgar Squire of the Canterbury Infantry Battalion by his mother as a good luck charm before he went overseas for World War One.

The swastika is a symbol used in Buddhism and in Hinduism, and became popular in the West 1880’s to 1920’s as a good luck charm/symbol until it was subverted by the Nazi’s.

It is not known if this cross was purchased in England or via a jeweller in New Zealand. It is understood to have been made by Adie & Lovekin Ltd of Birmingham (c1880-1910) circa 1910.

Edgar Squire left New Zealand with the 19th Reinforcements C Company Canterbury Infrantry Battalion 15th November 1916 on board either His Majesty’s NZ Transport (HMNZT) No 68 “Maunganui” or HMNZT No 69 “Tahiti”.