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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Arrival of Second Section, 11th Reinforcements

Arrival of Second Section, 11th Reinforcements

The second section of the 11th Reinforcements arrived in Egypt on 3 May and included 5 medical officers, 12 NZANS, and 118 other ranks NZMC. After completing a syllabus of three weeks page 575 intensive training, these medical reinforcements were either posted to medical units in Egypt or despatched to Advanced Base in Italy. From Advanced Base Camp Hospital they were posted to divisional and other units as required. At the end of May the Medical Corps was in the happy position of having 155 reinforcements available above establishment requirements, but the surplus was soon converted into a shortage when further furlough drafts departed. (The 4th Reinforcements began to move homewards in July.)