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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I

37 — The Hon. P. Fraser to the Prime Minister — [Extract]

The Hon. P. Fraser to the Prime Minister

30 November 1939

….2 Freyberg has already spent a short but, in the opinion of the Chief of the General Staff, adequate period in France, and both he and the Chief of the General Staff consider it essential that he should go to New Zealand at the earliest possible moment to make contact with the Government and Duigan, see for himself the officers and men, and generally familiarise himself with all problems. He will leave London by air for Alexandria direct on 6 December, and will leave Alexandria and arrive in New Zealand with us by the Niagara,3 leaving Sydney on 21 December. He then proposes after a few weeks in New Zealand to proceed immediately to Egypt, though this must depend on the date of the First Echelon's departure.

3 RMS Niagara, Canadian-Australasian Line, 13,415 tons, sunk by a mine in the Hauraki Gulf, 19 Jun 1940.