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By the time Tripoli was reached the Division was beginning to get very tired; the chaplains, too. were feeling the strain. On being invalided home before the break-through at Alamein, Padre Moore. Senior Chaplain at Divisional Headquarters, had been replaced by Padre Jamieson. He in turn was followed by Padre Buck, who arrived when the Division was at Tripoli.

A short course for chaplains arranged by the latter in a comfortable hotel in Tripoli took the form of a series of lectures interspersed with periods of devotion and rest. At this time many page 70 New Zealand Roman Catholic soldiers joined their comrades in the Eighth Army at a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in Tripoli Cathedral.