22nd Battalion 2NZEF
"Vrai et Fort"
Here are some photographs of the 22nd Battalion
If you have photographs that you would like to share, please contact me. I am especially keen to obtain copies of personal photo albums. Scanned copies preferred, but I am able to scan all formats of photos and negatives so that they can be electronically archived. Photos will be carefully handled and returned.
Photos of Cpl Boseley's time in North Africa
J. Boseley was a lance corporal in the 22 Battalion. There is a selection of his photos, including a set depicting the Maadi Camp Rifles
Photos of Pte Ed COLLETT's time in North Africa
Ed Collett was a Private in the 22 Battalion. Here is a selection of his photos of his time in the Western Desert and Cairo.
Photos collected by De Lisle for official use
De Lisle acted as battalion historiam near the end of the war. He collected photgraphs for use in publications. Some of this colelction remains in he Alexander Turnbull Library
Photos of Training Camp at Waiouru, Maadi and R&R in Rome by Douglas FROGGATT
Douglas was a signaller in the 22 Battalion. He has some photos of his time in camp at Waiouru and Palmerston North,
followed by his time in Egypt, Maadi Camp and on sightseeing trips. Then he moved to Italy, with photos of locals he met
and his time in Rome. He was wounded on the outskirts of Florence and found hinself back in NZ by Xmas 1944.
Photos of Florence and Japan by Wilbur KINSEY
Wilbur Harold Kinsey joined the 22 Battalion at the end of the Italian Campaign, then went on with the Battalion to
Japan as part of "J Force". There are four pages of his photo album with images of Florence, and two of Japan.
Photos of central Italy by Ron McIVOR
Ron joined the 22 Battalion late in 1943 but by the time opf the Cassino battles in May 1944 he was with the 23 Battalion as a stretcher bearer/medic. He was taken prisoner in December 1944 whilst trying to evacuate some wounded.
Photos of his training in New Zealand and Egypt by CPL Charles MERRYLEES
Charles Merrylees 6754 was an original member of the 22 Battalion and sailed to Britain on 2 May 1940 with the 2nd Echelon.
Photos of L/CPL Mike O'LEARY's time in North Africa, Italy and Japan
Mike O'Leary 617177 was in the 22 Battalion. He arrived in Egypt in mid-1944 for final training before
being shipped to Italy (through Bari) to join the 22 Battalion at their Winter quarters just south of the Senio River.
In Spring, Freyberg launched the final assault north, with the 22 Battalion being the first to enter Trieste on 2 May 1945.
O'Leary's war was over and he was able to enjoy the summer, before moving south to Florence for the Winter and finally on to Japan.
The Sketches and watercolours of Charles PATERSON
Charles Paterson took and pencil and sketch book overseas rather than a camera. He sketched and later set these out as watercolours.
Photos from Frederick PINNY (229770)
In addition to his photo album, the family of Frederick PINNY has recorded his time in the Army as a video.
Photos of Cairo, Italy and Japan by SGT Stuart SOUTHALL (621870)
Stuart Richard SOUTHALL (621870) was posted to the 22nd Battalion in 1944, joining the Battalion for the NZ Division's final push into Trieste in northern Italy.
Photos of North Africa and rugby by Lincoln Reeves THOMAS (40447)
Lincoln (known as "Lin") joined the 22 Battalion with he 4th Reinforcement in 1942. He was a keen sportsman and good rugby player, featuring in the best 22nd battalion and NZ Division sides.
Photos of Walter TOWGOOD (454906)
Walter TOWGOOD (454906) was posted to the 22nd Battalion in 1944, joining the Battalion at San Casciano, just south of Florence in Italy. His photos also document the activities of the Battalion
after the German surrender, with "swanning" trips to Switzerland and elsewhere.
Last updated: 9 March 2023