Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume II
430 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg
The Prime Minister to General Freyberg
Your telegram of 27 September.
War Cabinet have reaffirmed their decision that members of the 2nd NZEF are not to be employed in garrison duties now or after the conclusion of hostilities with Germany. They do not favour the present proposal and desire that the Commander-in-Chief should page 400 be advised that the invitation to send men to Greece must be declined. You could add that this decision is also rendered necessary by the fact that the reinforcement situation, due to the replacement scheme and illness, would make it extremely difficult to spare personnel at the present time and, further, that the men who fought in Greece and Crete are no longer available.
We are in complete accord with your suggestion to send a token force to Greece and Crete to hold memorial services at the graves of fallen New Zealanders. This matter will be given full and sympathetic consideration when you advise that the time is appropriate.