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Medical Units of 2 NZEF in Middle East and Italy

Maadi Becomes Base Camp

Maadi Becomes Base Camp

Maadi had now become Base Camp only, and all divisional units were concentrating in the desert camp at Helwan, recently vacated by 6 Australian Division, which had moved to the Western Desert. While units of 4 Infantry Brigade had been in the Western Desert, the Third Echelon had arrived in Egypt from New Zealand, bringing 6 Field Ambulance and 2 General Hospital, and 1 General Hospital had also arrived from England. New units had grown page 42 up. A Base Hygiene Section was formed under Capt M. Williams,10 the office staff of the DMS (Col MacCormick) grew as HQ 2 NZEF developed, and a Medical Stores Depot was established under Capt G. Peek,11 who remained in charge of it throughout the war.

10 Lt-Col M. Williams; born Masterton, 29 Jan 1910; Physician, Wellington; Medical Officer, Engineers, Oct 1939-Sep 1940; DADMS 2 NZEF Oct-Dec 1940; OC Base Hyg Sec Dec 1940-Jun 1941; OC 4 Fd Hyg See Jun 1941-Jan 1942; 5 Fd Amb Jan-Aug 1942; 1 Gen Hosp Aug 1942-Jun 1943; in charge medical division 4 Gen Hosp (Pacific) Sep 1943-Aug 1944.

11 Maj G. Peek, m.i.d.; born Christchurch, 22 Sep 1891; Inspector of Explosives, Christchurch; Lt QM 2 Gen Hosp 1940; OC Medical Stores Depot Oct 1940-Feb 1946.