The 36th Battalion: a record of service of the 36th Battalion with the Third Division in the Pacific
A history of the 36th Battalion would not be complete without some recognition of the sound command and guidance of its first commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel J. W. Barry, NZSC, and of its senior NCO Warrant-Officer First Class R. A. Arkless, a splendid regimental sergeant major and a fine soldierly example to all. Both these officers were experienced and efficient soldiers, and a great asset to the foundation of a battalion. Their influence and their military knowledge were great and have reflected throughout the battalion at all times.
The 36th has always had that fine quality, esprit de corps, which means so much to a unit. It has maintained a splendid spirit of good-fellowship and pride in itself. The battalion has been com-posed of men from all walks of life and from all parts of New Zealand. Officers, NCO's and men have given of their best.
At this date, 21 April 1944, the first chapter in the battalion history is drawing to a close. May the outlook of the 36th be always with it and with all ranks that have passed through it. This history of the battalion is a recording of its life from December 1941, until the dissolution in the latter part of 1944. Altogether it has taken 80 officers and 1300 other ranks to maintain the battalion.
In conclusion, on behalf of the battalion, I wish to thank all those who have so ably assisted in the production of this volume, those who wrote the history, contributed articles, verse and sketches and, in particular, the editorial staff.page break