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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Ninth and Tenth Reinforcements

Ninth and Tenth Reinforcements

The 9th Reinforcements arrived in Egypt on 11 June 1943 on the Dominion Monarch, the medical section comprising 1 medical officer, 5 sisters NZANS, and 95 other ranks. These helped to fill some of the deficiencies caused by the withdrawal of 290 of the NZMC in the Ruapehu draft, but it was not until the arrival of the page 470 10th Reinforcements on 18 August that medical units could be built up to full strength again. The new reinforcements went to Mena Camp on disembarkation, except for the medical section which was marched in to 23 Field Ambulance at Maadi and posted to units within a week.

The 10th Reinforcements included 6 medical officers, 20 sisters of NZANS, 2 commissioned dispensers, and 118 other ranks NZMC, including some with the rank of sergeant who had held commissions as ‘stretcher-bearer officers’ in New Zealand.