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To Greece


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Editorial Advisory Panel

Professor N. C. Phillips, MA, University of Canterbury

Professor J. Rutherford, MA (Durham), Ph.D (Mich.), University of Auckland

Professor F. L. W. Wood, MA (Oxon), Victoria University of Wellington

This volume was produced and published by the War History Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.

The Department gratefully acknowledges the valuable assistance given in the production of this volume by Professor N. C. Phillips.

Editor-in-Chief M. C. Fairbrother, cbe, dso, ed
Sub-Editor W. A. Glue
Archives Officer R. L. Kay

the author: W. G. (Monty) McClymont is a well-known New Zealand historian, mountaineer, schoolmaster and Rugby footballer. Born in Lawrence in 1905, he gained his MA at Otago University in 1925 with first-class honours in history, and from 1926 to 1935 lectured in history at that university. In 1936 he was engaged in historical research at the Public Record Office, London. Commissioned in New Zealand in 1942, he relinquished his commission to go overseas with the 10th Reinforcements as a ‘dehydrated officer’ with the rank of corporal, subsequently reverting to the ranks at his own request to serve in the Intelligence Section of 23 Battalion in Italy. He was wounded at Orsogna in December 1943 and after rejoining his unit was re-commissioned and appointed Assistant Archivist, 2 NZEF. When the war ended he was sent to England as Official Archivist to interview repatriated New Zealand prisoners of war. After this assignment he went to Greece and Crete to collect information for the official war histories.

Lieutenant McClymont compiled the official narrative for the history of the campaign in Crete and then returned to school-teaching, as a master at Otago Boys' High School. He is the author of The Exploration of New Zealand, one of the series of volumes published by the New Zealand Government to mark the Dominion's centennial in 1940.

r. e. owen, government printer, wellington, new zealand—1959

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