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22nd Battalion 2NZEF
"Vrai et Fort"
Commanding Officers, Honours, Awards and People of the 22nd Battalion
The 22nd Battalion had 10 Commanding Officers between December 1939 and August 1947. There is information about some of them here.
Unofficial Roll of the 22nd Battalion Men
After searching through many archives, files and other sources, I have compiled a list of all the men who served in the 22nd Battalion. It is not complete, so if you know of someone who is missing, please let me know.
John Bowker's Roll of the "Originals" of the 22nd Battalion
An official roll of all men who were posted to the 22nd Battalion does not exist. However, one of the "originals" - Pte John Bowker - compiled a list of the "originals" who sailed from Wellington on the Empress of Britain on 2 May 1940.
David Russell - awarded the George Cross for Bravery
David Russell was awared the George Cross posthumously for bravery in the face of the enemy. His life and story are told here.
Pte Ian Holms - the first casualty
Ian Holms was the Battalion's first casualty caused by enemy action. He was killed by a rogue bomb dropped on the battalion's billets at Hollingbourne. Read Ian's story here.
"Borax" - the Battalion Mascot
"Borax", a small black and white terrier, was adopted by the Battalion during early 1940 in Trentham. He applied to enlist, but was declined. Nor was he provided with an official regimental number. When the Battalion sailed in May 1940, Borax was smuggled aboard but was found a few days later. However he accompanied the Battalion to England where he was provided with a regulation uniform and turned out on parades.
Honours and Awards
Many members of the battalion were decorated, and these are listed in the Official History publication. Regretably, that list omits the George Cross awarded to Lance Corporal David Russell for his actions as a prisoner of war in Italy, presumably because he was not an active member of the Battalion at the time.
Last updated: 26/04/15