Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
305 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Governor-General of New Zealand [Extract]
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Governor-General of New Zealand [Extract]
It is hoped, in accordance with the original programme, to sail convoy US 4 for the Middle East from Sydney on 23 August and that His Majesty's Government in New Zealand will be prepared to utilise the full capacity available in this convoy. It is suggested that His Majesty's Government in New Zealand should despatch by this convoy reinforcements for the First Echelon now in Egypt, as well as the following ancillary units which it is understood are now ready to leave: 16th and 17th New Zealand Railway Operating page 223 Companies, 13th New Zealand Railway Construction Company, 18th and 19th New Zealand Army Troops Companies… It is suggested also that the 12th New Zealand Railway Survey Company should remain for the present in New Zealand, but we should be very grateful if a Headquarters Railway Operating Group (total all ranks, 26—see WE 4/1931/17/2) could be raised and despatched with the other Transportation units in US 4….1
With reference to the question regarding the Forestry units: as they are required for this country separate arrangements for their transportation will be needed, and a further communication will be sent as soon as it has been possible to formulate definite suggestions on this point.