New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy
THE early months of 1945 did not present any particular problems of administration as regards the base units, whose locations (apart from Detachment 2 General Hospital) remained static until the cessation of hostilities, and in whose essential functions no important changes were made. There were numerous changes in command as senior long-service officers were released for return to New Zealand.
Victory, and the cessation of hostilities, was naturally the forerunner of further changes. The DMS 2 NZEF, Brigadier Kenrick, and the Principal Matron 2 NZEF, Miss Mackay, relinquished their appointments towards the end of May and Brigadier G. W. Gower and Miss M. Chisholm were appointed in their place. Colonel J. E. Caughey became CO 3 General Hospital and Miss I. MacKinnon1 Matron of 1 General Hospital. Before leaving, Brigadier Kenrick placed on record his warm-hearted appreciation of the loyal support given him by all members of the medical service, and his admiration for the work they had accomplished; the spirit which pervaded the Corps, he said, was such that his had been a happy as well as a proud command. In addition, Brigadier Kenrick acknowledged that the active interest shown by the GOC in all medical problems had greatly lightened the task of the DMS 2 NZEF.
1 Matron Miss I. MacKinnon, m.i.d.; Palmerston North; born NZ 14 Jul 1909; Sister; Sister, First Echelon; 2 Gen Hosp Jul 1940–Nov 1941; 1 Gen Hosp Nov 1941–Jun 1943; Ch Str 2 Gen Hosp Jun 1943–Jun 1945; Matron 1 Gen Hosp Jun–Oct 1945; Matron 6 Gen Hosp Oct–Dec 1945; Principal Matron Dec 1945–Jan 1946.