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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Graded Men in 2 NZEF

Graded Men in 2 NZEF

Throughout the war large numbers of graded men were retained overseas. They were unfit for full service with the Division and were employed in base units, though a small number with minor disabilities were used in special positions in the Division. From time to time some of those on unimportant jobs were selected to return to New Zealand because of the essential nature of their pre-war occupations, re-engagement in which would be of greater help to the war effort.

Much the largest group of graded men were the neurotics. Out of 2175 graded men at 30 June 1945, there were 782 with functional nervous disease. Other large groups were: wounds 245, foot trouble 169, accidental injuries 172, knee disorders 92, debility 76, deafness 71, arthritis 52, fibrositis 50, eye trouble 50, ear trouble 48, skin trouble 44, hernia 43.