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 Destroyed 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 - 22nd to none!

Paul Froggatt
December 2013

The 70th Commemoration of the Battle of El Alamein
The Battalion War Diary - The official record of every day in the life of the Battalion from December 1939 to late 1945. A copy of every page in the Diary, including Orders and other papers
"Kiwis in Trieste" - The final days from Miramare to Trieste and photos from the 2-4 May 1945
"Kiwis Return To Trieste" - my diary and photos of the 22nd Battalion return trip to Trieste and Northern Italy in May/June 2005
A memorial to L/CPL David Russell and the circumstances of his George Cross
A Memorial to the 22nd: Hollingbourne, UK 2010
Christmas Dinners held in Katikati
Publications featuring 22 Battalion men
The Roll of Honour of 22 Battalion
Photographs and collections of the 22nd Battalion
Links to related sites


Last updated: 24/12/2013