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 - 22nd to none!

Paul Froggatt
December 2013

Cassino: 2014 will be the 70th Anniversary. WIll you be attending - I will be there.
Read about the events in 1944. See the 50th Commemoration, and the 60th Commemoration.
A Memorial to the 22nd: Hollingbourne, UK 2010
Christmas Dinners held in Katikati
Links to related sites


Last updated: 24/12/2013