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Rex Malcolm Lawrence Caitcheon

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Portrait, WW2, wearing a beret and Sergeant stripes on sleeve - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Rex Malcolm Lawrence AWMM
  • Surname
    Caitcheon AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    438965 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 April 1922 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Oakley Avenue, Claudelands, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs I.M. Caitcheon (mother), Studholme Street, Morrinsville, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1942 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      6 April 1944 AWMM
      'Lance Corporal Caitcheon was a section leader in one of the assaulting Companies at ORSOGNA, Italy, on the night of 15-16 December 1943. During an attack on strongly-held enemy positions his section was held up by fire from a machine-gun post twenty yards distant. He immediately rushed forward to attack the post and in spite of being wounded in the arm and leg by grenades thrown at him he carried on and destroyed the post single-handed returning to his section with the enemy gun. He then carried on his advance and did not report his wounds until the action was completed. His determination and devotion to duty were an outstanding example to his men and materially assisted in the successful conclusion or the Company’s attack.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Caitcheon, Rex Malcolm. (Ref. WO 373/5/454). Military Medal. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded, shrapnel contusion, 16 December 1943 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart failure and cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Probably enlisted 1941 or 1942, embarkation Roll lists him as Infantry Brigade at embarkation. Family note he was with the 21 Battalion

    The "Dominion Monarch" was launched on 27 July 1938, and was a Shaw Savill liner displacing 36, 000 tonnes, the largest vessel regularly employed on the Britain-New Zealand run.She could accommodate 517 first-class passengers and large volumes of cargo.Four diesel engines gave her a maxium speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 19 knots.

    Commissioned as a troop ship in August 1940, by 1945 she had travelled 560, 000 kilometres and carried nearly 90, 000 service personnel.She was being refitted at Singapore in 1941 when the Japanese invaded, and escaped capture only through efforts of her engineering staff. She was broken up in Japan in 1962. (Taken from Scars in the Heart exhibition, Auckland War Memorial Museum) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    • 30 December 1993 AWMM
      Age 71 AWMM
      HamiltonWaikato AWMM
    • 30 December 1993 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Hamilton Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 3 January 1994 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 6 April 1944, p.1588.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36456/supplements/1588
      Further Reference
    • 'Lance Corporal Caitcheon was a section leader in one of the assaulting Companies at ORSOGNA, Italy, on the night of 15-16 December 1943. During an attack on strongly-held enemy positions his section was held up by fire from a machine-gun post twenty yards distant. He immediately rushed forward to attack the post and in spite of being wounded in the arm and leg by grenades thrown at him he carried on and destroyed the post single-handed returning to his section with the enemy gun. He then carried on his advance and did not report his wounds until the action was completed. His determination and devotion to duty were an outstanding example to his men and materially assisted in the successful conclusion or the Company’s attack.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Caitcheon, Rex Malcolm. (Ref. WO 373/5/454). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C8907573
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 21 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 3 January 1994 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
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