Canon Wi Huata talks about being a padre in Italy and his friend Henry Northcroft who was an officer in B Company. He describes how he divided his time between the different sections of the Battalion.
I got there the end of the desert campaign, so I was mainly a padre for Italy. That was my role. And then after working and talking... oh we were meeting every day after training, we'd get together in the evening. It seemed to be we were having fellowship all the time when we were in Maadi. Then came the march ... we had to march a hundred miles from Cairo to Alexandria by night. Then we set sail for Italy. We arrived in a place called the Port of Taranto, and Henry [Northcroft] of course he was an Officer in the Arawa and Tūhoe, B Company they call it. Henry was quite active in helping out, taking prayers with his troops. And the way I took prayers for them I had my programme set Monday for A, Tuesday for B, Wednesday C, D Thursday, Friday Headquarters, Saturday Battalion Headquarters and Sunday Battalion.
That's in peace and war.
Extract from Interview with Canon Wiremu Huata, interviewer Margaret Northcroft, recorded 25 June 1991.
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