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The New Zealand Dental Services



There were enough expendable and non-expendable stores and equipment to last both dental sections for a long time without further stocking from New Zealand. Owing to the uncertainty of the war situation and the fact that there was no supply house in Fiji, it was considered wise to keep the stocks at this high level, so frequent indents were placed with the Army Base Dental Store, Wellington, with the result that the Dental Corps was one of the best equipped units in the brigade. Nearly every other arm of the service was suffering from extreme shortages. The credit for this happy state of affairs must be shared by the DDS for his untiring efforts in building up stocks generally and by the sergeant clerk for the meticulous care bestowed on this valuable and perishable asset.

Each dental section had field equipment with a normal three months' supply, so very little was drawn from the bulk store for some time. This store, although situated in the same building as the Suva section and under the control of the officer in command of that section in his capacity as Senior Dental Officer, was a separate entity. Its accounts were kept apart from those of the Suva section and both sections had to indent on it for their supplies.