The 36th Battalion: a record of service of the 36th Battalion with the Third Division in the Pacific
Lieutenant-Colonel J. W. Barry
Lieutenant-Colonel Barry was on active service overseas with the Rifle Brigade during the last war for nearly three years. Joined the New Zealand Staff Corps. Was area officer at Wanganui when present war began. Left for Trentham in mid-October 1939, when he organised training staff there for Second NZEF. Went on a special mission to French Oceania. Formed and temporarily commanded Second Battalion Tanks. Formed the 36th Battalion and commanded it in Fiji, Norfolk and New Caledonia. Commander of N Force on Norfolk Island.