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Divisional Cavalry


page 446

This volume was produced and published by the War History Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs

Editor-in-Chief M. C. Fairbrother, cbe, dso, ed
Sub-Editor W. A. Glue
Archives Officer R. L. Kay

the author, R. J. M. Loughnan, MBE, EM and bar, was born in Taihape in 1916. In the eight years following, before his parents moved to Christchurch, he ‘made such a lasting mark on that town,’ according to him, ‘that, walking down the street for the first time exactly twenty years later, proudly bearing a uniform and a beret, a moustache, an Africa Star and on one arm a wound-stripe, and on the other a bride, I was embarrassed by the endless succession of people who recognised me instantly and insisted on relating to my wife a series of youthful pecca- dillos ranging from joining a circus for the night to a successful hold-up of the Daylight Limited Express.’

On leaving Christ's College in 1932, he joined the Machine Gun Troop of the CYC and served with it until the outbreak of war. He went overseas with the Divisional Cavalry in the First Echelon and, except for a break in hospital and on the Composite Depot training cadre, remained with it until he returned home on furlough after the Sangro River crossing and was discharged as medically unfit. After the war he took part in the forming of the 3rd Armoured Regiment, acting as a Squadron Sergeant-Major until 1953. For some years he was a lamb buyer for the Canterbury Frozen Meat Company and has recently been appointed Public Relations Officer to that firm.

This book was printed and bound by Coulls Somerville Wilkie Ltd., and distributed by Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd.