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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I

156 — General Freyberg to the High Commissioner for New Zealand (London)

General Freyberg to the High Commissioner for New Zealand (London)

29 May 1940

The following message is for Brigadier Falla:

Please keep me posted regarding any developments. Where do the Second Echelon concentrate? Please ensure that all arrangements are reported where necessary to this headquarters for approval and are not discussed or entered into with New Zealand direct. Will you pass this on to Hargest2 and Barrowclough3 in due course?

2 Brigadier James Hargest, CBE, DSO, MC, VD; commanded 5th New Zealand Infantry Brigade until taken prisoner of war at Sidi Azeiz in Nov 1941; escaped Mar 1943, with Brigadier Miles, from prison camp near Florence and reached Switzerland; later reached United Kingdom via France and Spain; killed in action in Normandy in Aug 1944 while acting as an observer with the 50th (Northumbrian) Division.

3 Major-General H. E. Barrowclough, CB, DSO, MC, ED; commanded a composite force of New Zealand troops in the United Kingdom in 1940; commanded 6th New Zealand Infantry Brigade in Greece and Libya in 1941; returned to New Zealand in 1942 and was GOC 2nd NZEF in the Pacific and GOC 3rd New Zealand Division, 8 Aug 1942–20 Oct 1944.