Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
199 — The Governor-General of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
The Governor-General of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Advice has been received by His Majesty's Government in New Zealand from General Freyberg that no steps have yet been taken for the despatch to Egypt of the Second Echelon of the 2nd NZEF. In this connection they had understood from your telegram of 20. September (No. 196) that the intention was that the Second Echelon should leave the United Kingdom for Egypt towards the end of October, and they gather now that it is unlikely that this move will take place even in December.
While His Majesty's Government in New Zealand are satisfied to leave the date of the departure of these troops to the Middle East to the United Kingdom authorities (as set out in my telegram No. 197 of 21 September), nevertheless they wish it to be understood that the utmost importance is attached by them to the early concentration of the New Zealand Division, and they sincerely trust that at a very early date it will be possible to make arrangements to that effect.