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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Medical Stores on Transports

Medical Stores on Transports

Medical stores unloaded from the First Echelon transports were taken in charge and stored by Ordnance. In June 1940, after discussion with AA & QMG NZ Division, ADMS NZ Division arranged that these medical stores should be returned to New Zealand for use on later transports owing to the shortage of such stores in New Zealand. The medical stores were often badly damaged by the time of their arrival at Maadi Camp. It was noted that medical stores from 4th Reinforcement transports were received in better condition, although still not entirely satisfactory. Owing to the gross mishandling of packing cases in the Middle East, it was suggested that all senior medical officers on transports be impressed with the need for careful repacking of stores at the end of the voyage.