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James Arbury McCowatt


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Arbury AWMM
  • Surname
    McCowatt AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    WWII 66880 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 March 1911 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM 64 Anglesea St., Ponsonby, Auckland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. Q.H. McCowatt, 64 Anglesea St., Ponsonby, Auckland (w) AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 66880 AWMM
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Military decorations

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    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 May 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for McCowatt, James Arbury. (Ref. WO 373/11/608). Military Medal. AWMM

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  • WO I J. A. McCowatt, MM; Auckland; born Auckland, 18 Mar 1911; iron moulder. (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p.557.)

    'In front of A Squadron Jerry withdrew quite readily, as there were not many houses to fight for, but he gave the Maoris a warm time all the way. By 11 a.m. the battle had moved on some three-quarters of a mile from the railway to a little hamlet called Orsoleto. The tanks systematically shot up all the houses as they went, with very little result except a stray prisoner or two. Sergeant McCowatt's tank, out on its own on the left of 4 Troop, stumbled into a nest of bazookas just short of Orsoleto, and had a close-range running fight which ended in the Germans departing in a hurry.

    Orsoleto was no prominent landmark, only a cluster of eight or ten houses on both sides of a narrow road, but it was a good place to pause for a breather. The Maoris (D and A Companies) took up residence in two houses at the eastern end of the village. No. 4 Troop was right up with D Company, 2 Troop not far behind A Company, all the tanks hidden behind houses or haystacks.' (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p. 557.) AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.557. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.129 AWMM

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