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Stanley Frederick Catchpole

Portrait, wearing pith helmet, taken in Middle East, 27 July 1941

Stan Catchpole

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    Stanley Frederick AWMM
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    Catchpole AWMM
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    WWII 20306 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    12 April 1916 AWMM HuntlyWaikato AWMM
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    WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM 30 Cumberland Ave., Westmere, Auckland AWMM
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    WW2 Mrs. Margaret Mary Catchpole, 30 Cumberland Ave., Westmere, Auckland (wife) AWMM
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  • Maj S. F. Catchpole, MC, m.i.d.; Auckland; born Huntly, 12 Apr 1916; salesman. (Source: Borman, C.A. Divisional Signals. p.208.)

    'Soon after dawn Brigadier Weir drove with General Freyberg to 5 Brigade Headquarters, learned of difficulties the infantry were meeting, and ordered several stonks to be fired on high ground beyond Takrouna. Most of the 5th and 6th Field guns, however, were then too far back to take part and the CRA had to rely mainly on the 4th Field and the medium guns. On the other hand the enemy did not counter-attack as expected and his guns were curiously unenterprising. They gave some of the foremost infantry close attention from time to time; but they ignored tempting targets below Takrouna.
    The FOOs of the New Zealand units were well forward at dawn, and soon after this an unnamed FOO and his OPA of the 64th Medium reached the leading elements of 28 (Maori) Battalion high on Takrouna. He saw useful targets below to the north, but was out of touch with his regiment and could only send his OPA down to report on the situation. Captain Catchpole of 28 Battery reported back at 8.30 a.m. that the area he was in, approaching Takrouna, was heavily mined and booby-trapped, but that prisoners were coming in from that feature. An hour later he understood Takrouna was captured and he drove forward. From the foot of the feature he reported at 10.20 a.m. that machine guns were urgently needed there. At 10.30 a.m. a report from the OP of D Troop of 28 Battery reached RHQ:
    ‘Do not do Takrouna over as we are on top. Do it over West & Nth.’
    Captain Muirhead of the 5th Field had been with 23 Battalion, but, unable to help them, he moved on to Takrouna and soon climbed to the top. There was little happening there and he had no communication with his guns, so he descended and about noon reported personally to Lieutenant-Colonel Glasgow, suggesting that infantry reinforcements were urgently needed on the feature. In the afternoon Muirhead returned and played some part in defeating a local counter-attack, though he still could not bring down fire because of faulty communications.
    Catchpole and Muirhead were both awarded MCs, mainly for their work in this attack.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. pp. 502-503.)

    Served in the Territorial Force after World War II, with his final promotion to Brigadier in 1957. AWMM
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    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.503, 694n, 697. AWMM
    • Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.208-9. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.305. AWMM
    • Stevens, W.G. (1962). Bardia to Enfidaville. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.327, 332, 333. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.79 AWMM


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