Battle for Egypt
The principal appointments and units of the Division when it moved to the Western Desert in June 1942 were:
|GOC||Lt-Gen Sir Bernard Freyberg|
|GSO 1||Col W. G. Gentry||Regular soldier. Duntroon. AA & QMG in Greece. GSO 1 Crete and Libya 1941.|
|AA & QMG||Lt-Col A. B. Ross (from 1 Jun 1942)||Civil servant. Territorial. DAA & QMG in Greece and Libya 1941.|
|CSO||Lt-Col G. L. Agar||Telegraph engineer. Served in Western Desert Force Signals. 2 i/c Divisional Signals, Greece. Commander Royal Signals, Libya 1941.|
|CO||Lt-Col A. J. Nicoll||Farmer. Territorial. 2 i/c in Greece. CO Libya 1941.|
|CRA||Brig C. E. Weir||Regular. Woolwich. CO 6 Field Regiment Greece and Libya 1941.|
|4 Field Regiment (25, 26 and 46 Btys)||Lt-Col R. C. Queree (from 10 June 1942)||Regular. Sandhurst. Regiment in Greece and Libya 1941 and in Crete as infantry. Eight 25-pdrs per battery, as had all field regiments.|
|5 Fd Regt (27, 28 and 47 Btys)||Lt-Col K. W. R. Glasgow||Schoolmaster. Territorial. Regt in Greece and Libya and in Crete as infantry, where it had very heavy casualties.|
|6 Fd Regt (29, 30 and 48 Btys)||Lt-Col C. L. Walter||Power Board engineer. Territorial. Regt in Greece and Libya 1941. Had extremely heavy casualties at Sidi Rezegh and Belhamed.page 382|
|14 Light Anti-Aircraft Regt (41, 42 and 43 Btys)||Lt-Col D. A. Carty||Warehouseman. Territorial. Regt had been in action at Alexandria, Canal Zone, and in Libya 1941. 12 Bofors in each battery.|
|7 Anti-Tank Regt (31, 32, 33 and 34 Btys)||Lt-Col J. M. Mitchell||Draughtsman. Territorial. Regt frequently engaged in Greece and Libya 1941 with severe losses and considerable success. 12 6-pdrs in each batttery.|
|CRE||Lt-Col F. M. H. Hanson||Civil engineer. Duntroon graduate. CO 7 Field Company in Greece. CRE Crete. CRE Libya 1941.|
|5 Field Park Company 6, 7, and 8 Field Coys||All companies in Greece and Libya 1941. 5 Fd Pk Coy and 7 Fd Coy in Crete.|
|4 Inf Bde||Brig L. M. Inglis||Solicitor. Territorial. Comd 4 Bde Crete and Libya 1941.|
|18 Bn||Lt-Col J. R. Gray (to 29 June 1942)||Barrister and Solicitor. Territorial.|
|Lt-Col R. J. Lynch (from 29 June)||Civil servant. Territorial. Coy comd Greece and Crete.
Bn in several small actions in Greece. Very heavily engaged at Galatas in Crete and had high losses. Successful actions at Gambut and Belhamed in Libya 1941.
|19 Bn||Lt-Col S. F. Hartnell||Builder. Territorial. CO in Libya 1941.
Bn engaged with success at Servia in Greece, Galatas in Crete, and Belhamed in Libya 1941.
|20 Bn||Lt-Col J. T. Burrows||Schoolmaster. Territorial. 2 i/c in Greece. CO in Crete.
Bn in minor actions in Greece. Lost heavily at Maleme and Galatas in Crete. Several actions in Libya 1941 and practically destroyed at Belhamed. Rebuilt from reinforcement.page 383
|5 Inf Bde||Brig H. K. Kippenberger||Solicitor. Territorial. CO 20 Bn Greece and Libya 1941. Commanded 10 Bde in Crete.|
|21 Bn||Lt-Col S. F. Allen||Regular. Sandhurst. CR Signals, Greece.
Bn had very heavy losses at Platamon and Peneios Gorge in Greece. Fought successfully in Crete. Almost destroyed at Sidi Rezegh in Libya 1941 and largely rebuilt from reinforcements.
|22 Bn||Lt-Col J. T. Russell||Farmer. Ex-Regular. Sand-hurst. OC squadron of Div Cav in Greece and Libya 1941 and Regt in Crete.
Bn sharply engaged in Olympus Pass in Greece and lost heavily at Maleme in Crete. Several successful actions in Libya 1941.
|23 Bn||Lt-Col D. F. Leckie (to 29 June)||School teacher. Territorial.|
|Lt-Col C. N. Watson (from 29 June)||School teacher. Territorial. Bn sharply engaged in Olympus Pass in Greece, Maleme and Galatas and minor actions in Crete, and several actions in Libya 1941.|
|6 Inf Bde||Brig G. H. Clifton||Regular. Duntroon. CRE Greece and CRE 30 Corps, Libya 1941.|
|24 Bn||Lt-Col A. W. Greville||Regular. Sandhurst. 2 i/c 22 Bn Libya 1941.
Bn engaged at Elasson in Greece. Practically destroyed at Sidi Rezegh in Libya 1941 and largely rebuilt.
|25 Bn||Lt-Col C. D. A. George||Draper. Territorial. Coy Comd Greece and Libya 1941.
Bn engaged at Molos in Greece. Practically destroyed at Sidi Rezegh in Libya 1941 and largely rebuilt.page 384
|26 Bn||Lt-Col J. N. Peart (to 20 June 1942) Lt-Col C. N. Watson (20–29 June) Lt-Col J. N. Peart (from 29 June)||Schoolmaster. Territorial. DAAG in Greece. DAA & QMG in Crete. Bn lightly engaged in Greece, very heavily in Libya 1941 and largely rebuilt.|
|27 MG Bn||Lt-Col F. J. Gwilliam||Assistant town clerk. Territorial. CO in Greece and Libya 1941.
Elements of Bn engaged in practically every action fought by the Division in Greece, Crete and Libya 1941.
|28 (Maori) Bn||Lt-Col E. te W. Love. (from 13 May 1942)||Interpreter. Territorial. Bn fought in Greece at Olympus Pass, in Crete at Maleme and 42nd Street, and with 5 Bde in Libya 1941.|
|CRASC Div Amn Coy Div Petrol Coy Div Supply Coy 4 Res MT Coy 6 Res MT Coy||Col S. H. Crump||Regular. Same appointment Greece and Libya 1941. All but 6 Res MT Coy (formed Oct 1941) had served in Greece and Libya 1941. Div Petrol Coy, Div Supply Column and 4 Res MT Coy had fought as infantry in Crete with heavy losses.|
|ADMS NZ Div 4 Fd Amb 5 Fd Amb 6 Fd Amb Mobile Surgical Unit||Lt-Col P. A. Ardagh (from 10 May 1942)||Surgeon. Territorial. The three Field Ambulances had served in Greece, Crete and Libya 1941, the Mobile Surgical Unit in Libya 1941.|