Problems of 2 NZEF
HQ 2 NZEF
30 May 43
Scheme for Exchange of Personnel
INSTRUCTION No 9
(Code word for scheme—RUAPEHU)
Points to be Brought to the Notice of Personnel Going on Leave to New Zealand (or UK)
List of Instructions issued to date:
This circular is NOT to be exposed on Unit notice boards, but may be made available for perusal in Orderly Rooms, etc.
This circular is in part a compilation drawn from preceding instructions.
To List ‘Z’
Procedure for Compiling Draft
(1) On return to New Zealand (or UK), personnel will receive three months leave on full pay and allowances from date of disembarkation in New Zealand (or UK). At the end of this period they will in general be liable to further overseas service. Those who wish to return to the Middle East will be given the fullest consideration, and their wishes will, as far as possible, be observed.
(2) The order of return for other ranks, which has been laid down in New Zealand, is to be in the following categories drawn from First, Second and Third Echelons counting as one body:
Men married on embarkation in First, Second and Third Echelons who have had active field service with 2 NZ Div or Non Div Unit. By ‘active field service’ is meant service in the officially defined theatre of war during First Libya, Greece, Crete, Second Libya, Battle for Egypt, and Alamein to Tunisia.
Men married on embarkation in the three echelons who have not had service as above, i.e., those who either served with 2 NZ Div and Non Div Unit in a static period or who have not served with a field unit at all.page 298
Men who were single on embarkation and who have had service as in A above.
Men who were single on embarkation and who have had service as in B above.
(3) Men who embarked with the First, Second, and Third Echelons, but have been back to New Zealand and have rejoined 2 NZEF, count for the purposes of this scheme as serving as from their later embarkation only.
(4) Personnel to be sent back with the forthcoming draft are:
All those in category A and B,
A part (about two-thirds) of those in category C.
(5) Those to go back in category C have been drawn by ballot under the strictest supervision. A correct number of men to be drawn was allotted to every Corps of 2 NZEF (Armd Corps, Artillery, Infantry, etc.) depending upon the numbers in the Corps still serving.
(6) Separate ballots were held in the majority of cases for single NCOs and for certain technicians, to ensure that too great a proportion was not drawn in the common ballot.
(7) In most cases the proportion of NCOs to go back is lower than for the rank and file. The reason for this should be obvious–to ensure that the efficiency of units was not endangered by losing too many NCOs at once.
(8) It is of interest to note that for the same reason the proportion of officers to be sent back is by far the lowest of all. About two-thirds of rank and file affected are being sent back, about one half of NCOs and only about one-quarter of officers.
(9) In general no one is allowed to ‘contract out’ of the draft, i.e., to stay in the Middle East; but if a man has been married here, and his wife is still resident here, he may apply in writing to stay here. In this case another man will be drawn in the ballot to take his place.
(10) Men who have been married since embarkation count as single men for the purposes of this scheme, i.e., have been placed in the single men's ballot.
(11) Men who are at OCTU or who have passed the selection board for OCTU, will not be eligible to go back with the draft.
(12) Men who are at courses of instruction will be eligible to go back with the draft.
(13) Men who enlisted in UK will be given the option of going to NZ or UK. Men who embarked in New Zealand, but whose next-of-kin is shown by records as in UK, may similarly be given the option of going to either country.
(14) All NCOs holding temporary rank on embarkation with the draft will revert to their substantive rank.
(15) The safety of the voyage to New Zealand depends on secrecy. A staggering amount of loose talk has already taken place, and must cease at once. No mention of the move, or of impending departure of individuals, etc., must be mentioned outside Base Camps.
Any form of communication to New Zealand, especially by cable or airgraph, indicating that the writer is coming home, is prohibited.
All cables and airgraphs in any way offending against the above are being stopped by Base Censor, and will not be sent forward.
The use of EFM text No. 137 (Hope to see you soon) is prohibited until further notice.
(17) Names of men who are going back will, in due course, be cabled to New Zealand by HQ 2 NZEF, and next-of-kin will be advised in New Zealand.
(18) Personnel are not to carry letters or parcels on behalf of friends, etc., for delivery in New Zealand, even if such letters or parcels have been censored within the unit. All these letters and parcels MUST go through ordinary postal channels and will probably travel by the same vessel.
(19) No unauthorised arms or equipment, including enemy weapons, etc., are to be taken back to NZ.
(21) Personnel are entitled to take back presents for their own families and friends.
(22) Credit in pay books at date of embarkation counts as sterling, i.e., personnel get the benefit of the exchange of 4s. 11d. in each pound sterling.
(23) During the voyage troops will be able to draw only the net pay earned on the voyage.
(24) Personnel are advised not to embark with Egyptian currency. There is no assurance that this can be exchanged on board, while in New Zealand the banks allow only £1 2s. 4d. for an Egyptian pound £1 note.
(25) When troops are about to embark in the Middle East no advantage will be gained by remitting money to New Zealand. The same exchange will be obtained through the AB 64 and will be available on arrival. Pay Office will not accept remittances to New Zealand from those about to embark.
(26) It should be noted that when personnel embark in NZ for overseas they are paid in NZ in full up to the amount of credit in their paybooks, i.e., they are not allowed to carry any credit in their paybooks on embarkation.
(27) Other ranks will be allowed to take one sea kit and two universal kitbags. Private gear is taken at owner's risk, and no compensation is payable for loss.
(28) In due course there will be distributed to everyone a form regarding re-direction of mail. Men are strongly advised to fill in this form and return it to the Chief Post Office 2 NZEF. In the event of no advice being received by Chief Post Office, mail will be dealt with as follows:
Letters will be returned to the sender
Parcels will be distributed to men of the unit to which the addressee belonged.
It will not be possible for arrangements to be made in time for returning personnel to marry fiancees who are civilians or who are service personnel not in 2 NZEF. If personnel desire to carry on with their marriage arrangements, they must be withdrawn from the draft.
It may be possible to make arrangements in the case of fiancees who are members of 2 NZEF, but no guarantee can be given in this case, and it may again be necessary to withdraw personnel from the draft. If the fiancee is not herself returning to NZ as a member of the draft, it will be most unlikely that after marriage she will be able to accompany her husband with the draft.
(30) All ranks will be advised that on arrival in NZ exemption from duty and sales tax will be granted in respect of dutiable goods up to the value of £10, provided that the amount of duty and sales tax so remitted does not in any case exceed £5. Full particulars must, however, be supplied of all goods other than personal effects which have been worn or are in use. Copies of C Form 151 will be supplied on arrival in NZ for this to be done.