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With the Machine Gunners in France and Palestine


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N.Z. Defence Forces,
New Zealand.

Starting with the advantage of instruction by such musketry experts as Captains Wallingford, Rose, and Henderson, the New Zealand Machine Gunners, from the first, accepted the doctrine that their work must be of the highest possible standard, and that no difficulty, however insurmountable it might appear, must be allowed to prevent them from giving their comrades the full support of their guns.

This doctrine soon became a tradition which was fully maintained when the Machine Gun Sections were formed into Squadrons and Companies of the New Zealand Machine Gun Corps, and all ranks of the Mounted Rifles and of the Infantry know, far better than this short history can tell, how much they owe to the efficiency and to the devoted gallantry of their comrades of the New Zealand Machine Gun Corps.

E. W. C. Chaytor,

Commanding New Zealand Military Forces.