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repatriated men


O.C. WELLINGTON, this day. |j About 900 of New Zealandis former gprisoners of war arrived in Wellington to-day from the United Kingdom. |jThe men were welcomed in the harbour by an official party and after wei ; e quickly disembarked into tiansport which took Wellington their homes and other liu ? x Islanders to their own disliVrr fii an ear .'y hour this evenf. all the. men will be on their wav hnome.

Most of the men had been released gin the final stages of the Allied capture of Germany and many had been confined both in Italian and German ;I H ioon° n cam P s since as far back as ;.1940. / I The draft included 95 Wellington men, h from the Wairarapa, '83 from . Taranaki, 37 arrd 24 respectively H from the Hawke's Bay and Gisborne ® areas, 325 from Auckland and the tl Auckland Province, and 305 South Islanderc. The men for the Auckland Province || left this afternoon on special cars attached to the ordinary three o'clock r train, and the other Korth Islanders § were taken home by road transport, gj The South Islanders will leave for §| their homes this evening. Information regarding the arrival of the vessel had been readily avail- * able in Wellington over the past three days and there was considerable disi appointment when it did not arrive yesterday. Its arrival this morning || was in advance of the time expected, I but, nevertheless, the news spread 5 rapidly and there was a large crowd ion hand when the ship, gaily decked with bunting, berthed about 10 o'clock. A public address system on the wharf gave instructions for disembarkation and the process of issuing pay, travel authorities, ration ! coupons and leave passes had already been instituted by a special party :.■? which met the ship in the harbour. (The names of Auckland district i personnel in the party appear on , Page 7.)

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PARTY OF 900, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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PARTY OF 900 Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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