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23rd Battalion 2nd NZEF

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The 23rd (Canterbury-Otago) Battalion was formed in November 1939 as part if the 2nd New Zealand Division. It was knows as "23 Canto" or "Cant-Otago". Training was undertaken at Burnham and the Battalion left New Zealand on the 1st of May 1940. They saw action in Greece, Crete, North Africa, and Italy.

My father Eric William Sutherland (He was a Corporal with the 23rd Battalion 2nd NZEF) was wounded and captured in Greece in April 1941. He spent time in Stalag 8B then was shipped to Stalag 383.

He passed away 30 years ago and we have only 2 pictures taken while he was at Stalag 383. In the top picture dad is back row 2nd from the left and in the bottom picture he is back row right hand side. We are trying to identify any others in the photographs.


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List of those who servedwith the 23rd Battalion 2nd NZEF during the Second World War.

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