The Battle of Crete in 1941 saw a depleted Allied force comprised mostly of the Australians and New Zealanders who had just been evacuated from Greece.
It was a fierce battle, famous for the large-scale parachute invasion and the subsequent high casualty rate. I attended the 75th services on Crete in 2016. This is
my photo-diary of the event.
The Battle for Cassino featured large in the history of
the 22 Battalion as it did for all of the New Zealand Division in Italy. Over the years it has become one of the principal commemoration
Not strictly a commemoration, but there is a series of photographs featuring the 22nd Battalion "in action" at Cassino in 1944 that serve
as a reminder of the destruction that occured there
Cassino 1994 - the 50th Commemoration Service
This was the first major commemoration event at Cassino. A commemoration plaque was laid at the Cassino Railway Station and
two pohutukawa trees were planted behind the Cross of Sacrifice at the Cassino War Cemetery.
Cassino 2004 - the 60th Commemoration Service
Another group of veterans were taken to Cassino for the service in 2004. A large group also travelled privately to join the service, some
of whom had attended the 1994 event.
Cassino 2014 - the 70th Commemoration Service
This was another major commemoration event at Cassino. A second plaque was unveiled at the Cassino Railway Station. The number of
veterans had reduced to 40 and only a few of these had been in Cassino in 1944. The 22 Battalion was represented by two veterans and two families of
veterans who had been in the Cassino battles.
El Alamein 2012
The Battle of El Alamein in 1942 was the turning point in the war and it saw the New Zealand Division featuring large in its success.
A small New Zealand contingent attended the 50th commemorations in 1992. I attended the 70th service in 2012. This is
my photo-diary of the event.
Elements of the 22nd, led by the Commanding Officer LTCOL Haddon Donald, were the first Allied troops to enter the Italian city of
Trieste on 2 May 1945. Details of the event are recorded here.
In May 2005 a 60th Reunion trip was undertaken by 24 members of the Battalion, along with other men and their families.
VJ Day 1995
The 50th anniversary of VE Day was celebrated in London in August 1995. New Zealand sent a small party, including a small contingent of veterans.
Amongst them was a member of the 22 Battalion - Doug Froggatt
Not strictly a 22 Battalion event, but during 2007 the Prime Minister the Hon Helen Clark announced an official commemoration service
for the 90th anniversary of New Zealand's involvement in the Battle of Passchendale. The plan was to take a small number of veterans on the trip,
those who had some family connection with the battle or more generally with the Western Front.
Ten veterans were accepted for the tour, with only two - one being Doug Froggatt - representing WWII veterans. This is his story and photos of the event.