Lt. Gen. William K. Jones says that - "Upon returning to New Zealand, the regiment moved into new camps which had been constructed at McKay's Crossing on the opposite side of the railroad tracks from the original 3d Battalion camp. These camps extended from McKay's Crossing to Paekakariki on the sea and beachside of the tracks."
He seems to be describing Camp Russell at McKays Crossing, but he never uses that name. Google maps has the 6th Marines at Camp McKay after Guadalcanal. See info below...
These locations were always difficult to sort out and I've never accomplished it to my own satisfaction. The following source may help: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE 6TH MARINE REGIMENT by Lt. Gen. William... more
Ret.Lt.Gen.William K. Jones was Major Jones and commander of our 1st, Bn, 6TH Marines when we were at Camp McKay. Lets put this to rest and honor our lost Marines. William L. Jefferies A Co, 1st Bn.... more
After reading your post, I agreed that the muster rolls are the "best evidence." I decided to try to find any muster roll references for the 1st Bn, 6th Marines - my uncle's battalion. The only one I ... more
Jim You cannot go by the location of the Rear Echelon since it was common practice to move rear echelons into one compound to better handle feeding, etc. and provide security details from those... more
I never hear much about the housing of Marines in or near Wellington. I know my father was at a place called "Camp Central Park" at least at one time, that I heard was a small place for Marines in or ... more
Time I got involved in this discussion, I think. Here in the Wellington region we've just held a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of US troops in Wellington (First Marine Division). ... more
There was a large number of camps from Wellington city to Paraparaumu on the west to Masterton on the east. And indeed this includes 8000 men in the Porirua Basin, including those at Pauatahanui,... more
How about Hutt Park where were Stationed (2nd. Amph. Trac. Bn) plus the Division Brig was there and I wasn't a cusotmer in the Brig. Don Crain ("C Company 2nd. Amph. Trac. Bn.) I was also at Titahi... more
I still have never heard anything about our HOSPITAL at TRENTHAM RACETRACK. I will contribute to a marker placqe. I have a few photos including the whole company. John Armstrong, Kirtland Ohio Co C... more
Mr. Jefferies, I just tried to send you a private email, but it bounced back. The address that I have for you must be outdated. Would you click on my name above and send me a short email? That will... more