70 years ago this month
The Battalion are at Montaquila as counter-attack reserve for 2 Paratroop Brigade, then relief for 24 Battalion atop Colle Belvedere. By months end they had moved up the Rapido valley to Sora. Read the war diary for May 1944 here
Officers of the Battalion
Officers of the Battalion attend the unit's anniversary dinner marking being overseas for two years at St George Hotel, Beirut, 5 June 1942.
From the front: Tiwi Love, Kahi Harawira, Henry Toka, Capt. Shaw-Thompson, Reg Mariu, Harry Lambert, Charlie Bennett (YMCA), George Marsden, William Vercoe.
Right: Fred Baker, Reta Keiha, Jumbo Joseph (NZ-born Syrian), Ben Ropata, Rangi Logan, Ben Porter, Johnson, Dr MacDonald, Duncan McRae, Jack Reedy, Jim Matehaere.
(Caption information from Soutar, Nga Tama Toa, 2008, p.204)
Sydney (Bully) Jackson collection.