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George David King


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George David AWMM
  • Surname
    King AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    800816 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 March 1922 AWMM TaringamotuManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Taumarunui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Worked on the Whakamaru dam before moving back to Taumarunui where he lived until passing away 2002 Public - John - Other relative - 14 May 2017 - Family oral history
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs R. King (mother), Taumarunui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    800816 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    28 June 1945 AWMM
    "During action on the morning of 12 October 1944, L/Cpl. Commanded a section detailed to attack a very heavily fortified strongpoint on Baldona River. Under heavy shelling and against severe Spandau fire, he led his men with dash and determination until, by his skilful tactics, the objective was captured, several of the enemy being killed and many taken prisoner. Realising the enemy held another strongpoint beyond, which dominated and threatened this objective and acting on his own initiative, he led his men in another attack which met with strong enemy resistance, during which he was severely wounded. His section being pinned, he went forward, recced and attacked with renewed vigour from another direction, thus capturing this second objective. He refused to be evacuated but continued to consolidate his objective, remaining with his men weill after the action, when his condition became worse whereupon he had to leave. Throughout all previous actions L/Cp/. King has shown initiative, devotion to duty and gallantry of the highest order, and the success of his men in this action was due to his skill and inspiring leadership. (L.G. 28/6/1945 (P)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for King, George David. (Ref. WO 373/12/446). Military Medal. 28 Jun 1945" AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Mill hand/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Lance Corporal G. D. King, MM; Taumarunui; born Taringamotu, 19 Mar 1922; millhand; twice wounded. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.425.)

    'The troops crossed the start line at a quarter to six in the morning (12 October) and reached the first halt line, the Rio Baldona, an hour later without much trouble, with no casualties and with eleven prisoners. One newcomer to the battalion, with more enthusiasm than discretion, shot up the cemetery in passing but was gently reproved by his platoon sergeant: ‘You shoot at live Jerries, Arthur, not dead ones.’

    The 23rd Battalion, which owing to the winding of the Baldona had much further to go, was not far behind.

    While this movement was in progress the enemy blew sky high the Sant' Angelo bridge over the Rio Baldona but showed no intention of vacating the village itself. There were more strong-points near C Company prepared to defend the Baldona stream and the troops had a bad time from them and from guns and mortars further back. Lance-Corporal G. D. King took his section forward to quieten the fire, which had cost nine casualties since the company had halted on the Baldona. He stalked a spandau post and killed most of the occupants, only to find that the position was dominated by another post. King was wounded but able to carry on, and he led his section to a flank and rushed the second post. He stayed with his section for some hours but had finally to give in and be evacuated. In due course the award of an immediate MM was announced.' (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p. 425.; Kay, R. Italy Volume II : From Cassino to Trieste. p. 258.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Cause of death
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 106 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.425. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.258. AWMM


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14 May 2017JohnAuckland, NZOther relative

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