Cover page of the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers magazine. The PCMR were a home guard organized to defend the North Island against invaders, after the Estevan lighthouse on the west coast of the island was shelled by the Japanese.
Men who had a knowledge of local topography and terrain like loggers, trappers, prospectors and ranchers were sought after to become members of this patrol. Camp 8 had a 30 man unit and the members were issued hats, badges, dog tags and rifles. They had weekly training under their unit commander and once a month a Sergeant Major from the regular army inspected the unit.