Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
296 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Governor-General of New Zealand
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Governor-General of New Zealand
His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom suggest that the arrangement for the immediate despatch of the New Zealand Railway units be cancelled as it is not now considered that any further Railway units will be required, so far as it is possible to foresee at present, in the United Kingdom or Western theatre. As, however, they may later be required elsewhere, it is hoped that His Majesty's Government in New Zealand will be prepared to keep them in being for the present until the situation becomes clearer.
On the other hand, we should be very grateful if two Forestry companies and two Army Troops companies of Engineers could be sent to the United Kingdom at once, and we understand that there would be sufficient accommodation in the Awatea for this purpose.
His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom are most appreciative of New Zealand's assistance and much regret having to alter the plans in respect of the further Railway units for which we had asked.