22nd Battalion 2NZEF

"Vrai et Fort"

Col Andrew, Battalion COWaiouru CampWaiouru Gym at WaiouruDispatch Riders COL AndrewOfficers at TrenthamBorax the mascot on the Empress of BritainWhite Clifs at Dover Hollingbourne ChurchEgypt: On a donkeyXmas Card from Egypt NZ Forces Club, CairoTank 'brewing up' in desertSphinx and PyramidSherman Tank Tea with TinyDestroyed 88mmEl Alamein Railway StationEl Alamein Cemetery Headstone of Col Russell, CO of 22 battalionCairoXmas Card from ItalyMonte Cassino Monte Cassino Abbey after the bombingIn the ruins of CassinoIn the ruins of Cassino Cassino CemeterySangro River CemeteryFreyberg bust in Freyberg HouseMacIntyre portrait of Freyberg Portrait of John Russell GCJohn Russell's memorial at Ponte di PiaveRussell's grave at UdineJohn Russell's George Cross and tother medals Entrance to Cemetery at Udine22 Battalion remember RussellMemorial window at Waiouru22 Battalion window Lloyd Cross and Haddon Donald22 Battalion Xmas reunion

The 22nd Battalion was the longest serving of the New Zealand infantry battalions that made up the 2NZEF from 1939 to 1947. Its officers assembled at Trentham Camp on 8 November 1939, were sent home for Christmas and returned on 10 January 1940 when they met the new Commanding Officer, Major Leslie Andrew VC for the first time. The first troops for the Battalion marched into Trentham on 12th January 1940. The Battalion was eventually disbanded in Japan on 7th August 1947 to become the 2nd Battalion of the NZ Army - a lifespan of 2,829 days.

This website has been set up to provide a collection of information and photographs about the 22 Battalion and its people, starting with a collection of photographs documenting the last days of the war on 2-4 May 1945 as the 22nd entered Trieste.

It is intended to add other information about the Battalion as it comes to hand, and as time permits. I am also compiling a nominal roll of all the men who served in the 22 Battalion at some stage.

I am especially interested in photographs of the life and times of the 22nd. If you have photographs that you would like to share, please contact me. I am 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.

The 22nd Battalion - Vrai et Fort
2nd to None!

Paul Froggatt
April 2015

NEW - The Full Roll of the Men who served with the 22nd Battalion

After searching through many archives, files and other sources I have compiled a list of all of the men who served in the 22nd Battalion. There is no official record. My list is probably incomplete, so if you know of somewho whose name is missing, please email me the details.

Go to The Complete Roll of the 22nd Battalion

The Men of the 22nd

  • Search the full Roll
  • See who were the "Originals"
  • read about David Russell GC
  • The Battalion's first CO - Col Andrew - "February" to the men
  • "Borax" the mascot - what did happen to him?
  • and many more

The War Diary

  • Read the Official War Diary, covering every day from January 1940 to August 1947

The Roll of Honour

  • Read the names on the Roll of Honour, view a photograph of each headstone

Commemoration Services and Pilgrimages

  • Cassino 1944, 1994, 2004, 2014
  • El Alamein 2012
  • Trieste 1945 and 2005
  • Hollingbourne, England 2010

Photo Albums of the 22nd Men

  • Copies of personal photo albums

Reunions and Christmas Dinners

  • 22nd Reunions and Christmas Dinners held in Katikati

Publications featuring 22 Battalion men

  • A list of the books written by 22nd Men, and those in which they feature

Acknowledgments & Disclaimer

Last updated: 27/05/2015