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22nd Battalion 2NZEF

"Vrai et Fort"


The History of the 22nd (N.Z.) Battalion
As written by
42486 CAPT Terence Power Mclean

Bristow Mawley (Firm). Portrait of T.P McLean - Photograph taken by Bristow Mawley. McLean, Terence Power (Sir), 1913-2004 : Photographs. Ref: PAColl-10107-4-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/3231033
"Tired Terry" in 1942 just before joining the 22 Battalion
Terence (T P) McLean, press correspondent for the 1953-1954 All Black touring team. Crown Studios Ltd :Negatives and prints. Ref: 1/2-207206-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23151814
"TP" in 1953 about to embark on his first All Blacks tour

The unpublished history

In early 1946, “TP” or “Tired Terry” as he was affectionately known by the Battalion (due to his continual complaints about tiredness) was commissioned by the War History Branch to write the official history of the 22nd Battalion. TP was the obvious choice, he was a journalist by trade and he had been the Battalion’s Intelligence Officer since joining the Battalion in 1943. He was well-known and well-liked by the veterans. Although his contract was for £500, writing the history was more a labour of love for TP. This did not pay the mortgage or feed his young family, so advancing his reputation as a sports journalist took priority. By about 1952 it became clear that the manuscript was no closer to publication, so the contract was terminated. Another author was contracted, this time for £800 to write the history. And so Jim Henderson’s version, so different in style from TP’s manuscript, was finally published in 1958, one of the last of the unit histories to appear in print.

TP’s manuscript was lost, but fragments of it, including many notebooks containing ideas and details – mostly in TP’s unreadable version of shorthand - remained amongst his disordered papers and files. These were donated by the Mclean family in 2007 to the Alexander Turnbull Library collection where they are today.

Unfortunately, only Chapters One to Thirteen are in the collection. These have been transcribed for reproduction here. There are several versions of some chapters, each showing TP’s heavy editing. For most of the text I have transcribed the edited version, but in some instances I have retained the original where it contains details that might be of interest.

Paul Froggatt
December 2015

The History of the 22nd (N.Z.) Battalion
By Terence Power Mclean

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Last updated: 25 January 2023