Māori › James Heke Born 9 July 1909 - Died 17 March 1944 PDF Key details Service number65471 AWMM Also known as Armed force / branchArmy AWMM Last rankSergeant Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! 28 (Maori) Battalion, B Company Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Enquire Lay a poppy Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyright View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesJames AWMM SurnameHeke AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number65471 AWMM GenderMale AWMM IwiIwi Māori AWMM Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Birth9 July 1909 AWMM Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMM Devonport Road, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin on embarkationMrs H. Heke (mother), Devonport Road, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusUnknown AWMM Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignItaly AWMM Armed force / branchArmy AWMM Service number65471 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Military decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsMilitary Medal (MM) AWMM 25 November 1943 AWMM In the fighting for Takrouna village from night 19/20 April 1943 to 23 April 1943 this N.C.O. was i/c linesman of the platoon. During this period intercommunication between battalion HQ and companies was dependent chiefly on telephone system. Heavy enemy shelling however, continually playing havoc with the lines, but despite this and entirely regardless of his own personal safety Cpl. Heke kept his lines operating, himself undertaking the repair work. Again on another occasion when line communication between battalion HQ. and artillery observation post on Takrouna through to brigade HQ failed, Cpl. Heke without hesitation went forward and repaired the break. Throughout the whole action he displayed great courage and devotion to duty of the highest order and by his personal example proved a source of inspiration to his platoon. (L.G. 25/11/1943 (P)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Heke, James. (Ref. WO 373/26/504). Military Medal. 25 November 1943 AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Branch Trade Proficiency EnlistmentWW2 Unknown AWMM Joiner/Military AWMM Tauranga, Bay of Plenty AWMM Occupation before enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Private AWMM 28 (Maori) Battalion, B Company AWMM Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date Liberation Repatriation POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesDied of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankSergeant Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! 28 (Maori) Battalion, B Company Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Son of Amokeiha Teheke Kereti and Hiria Teheke Kereti, of TaurangaNext of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM Death About death Contribute › Death17 March 1944 AWMM Age 34 AWMM Italy, Europe AWMM Date of death Age at death Place of death Cause of deathDied of wounds AWMM Death notes CemeteryCassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. F. 23. AWMM Cemetery name Grave reference Obituary Memorial name Memorial reference Memorials Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM Roll of Honour Remember James Heke by laying a poppy. Henry Heke Hirini Heke James Heke Jim Heke Jock Heke Lay a poppy for 2021 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of James Heke Leave a note Contribute › Processing Related objects Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945 Library / Pictorial › manuscripts and archives MS-1993-139 Sources Sources Contribute › External links28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945 http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/ Further Reference Cody, J.F. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: War History Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htm Further Reference 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 25 November 1943, p.5175.). Military Medal. http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36261/pages/5175 Further Reference The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Heke, James. (Ref. WO 373/26/504). Military Medal. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7362477 Further Reference Commonwealth War Graves Commission record https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2410048 Sources Used DocumentsAuckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM WW2 4: WW2 156 AWMM The New Zealand Herald AWMM [Casualties], Died of Wounds. (1944, March 28). AWMM Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.Online Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.