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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Ceremonial Parade of Divisional Medical Units

Ceremonial Parade of Divisional Medical Units

On 15 July 4, 5, and 6 Field Ambulances and 4 Field Hygiene Section took part in a ceremonial parade for inspection by the GOC 2 NZEF. After the parade the medical units were addressed by the GOC, who praised the work of all the medical units in Greece and Crete, and stated that in killed, wounded, and missing the New Zealand medical units sustained 18 casualties among officers and 289 among other ranks. The GOC also made appreciative mention of the fact that no wounded were left behind without medical attention, and in every case officers and men volunteered for this duty and did not have to be detailed to remain.

This was a noteworthy occasion in that it was the first time during the war that all three field ambulances and the field hygiene section had been on parade together. The Mobile Surgical Unit was also present to give a demonstration of its exceptional equipment and efficient transport. The unit by this time could within an hour and a half erect all tentage and be prepared to admit patients.