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James Heke

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Heke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    65471 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 July 1909 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Devonport Road, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs H. Heke (mother), Devonport Road, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    65471 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military 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

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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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Amokeiha Teheke Kereti and Hiria Teheke Kereti, of Tauranga

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    17 March 1944 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. F. 23. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Auckland 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
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