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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Hospital Staff for Repatriation Units in United Kingdom

Hospital Staff for Repatriation Units in United Kingdom

On 5 August 1944 a group of two medical officers, six sisters, and twenty other ranks was selected as a camp hospital staff for duty in the United Kingdom with the New Zealand prisoner-of-war page 581 repatriation organisation then being formed. The group went to England on 2 September. The successful Allied advance across France from Normandy presaged that in due course the release of large numbers of Allied prisoners of war could be expected. New Zealanders would be included among them and special units were necessary to care for them as they reached England from the Continent. By 1945 the organisation had grown considerably, and when the rush of repatriation occurred towards the close of hostilities the augmented medical units were kept very busy.