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George Katene

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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 September 1915 AWMM PoriruaWellington AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Porirua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Te Arohi Katene (mother), Porirua, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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    Italy AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 6125 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      4 November 1941 AWMM
      "At Petras Pass on 16 April 1941 Sgt. Katene was in command of a 3"" mortar detachment. He showed great skill in directing the fire of his mortar, destroying enemy armoured fighting vehicles and machine-guns and inflicting heavy losses. Driven out by heavy artillery fire he immediately came into action again in an alternative position and carried on. His conduct was of the highest order. (London Gazette 4/11/1941). The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Katene, George. (Ref. WO 373/27/355). Military Medal. 04 Nov 1941" AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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    WW2 Labourer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • George Katene was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Katene, of Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Brother of Wikitoria Katene (72092) nurse WW2

    Lieutenant G. Katene, MM; born Porirua, 27 Sep 1915; labourer; wounded 27 May 1941; killed in action 7 Dec 1943. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.57.)

    'The morning of 16 April dawned grey with rain threatening. Lieutenant Urlich, looking down on the Katerini plains, wrote: ‘Could see road from katerine black with enemy vehicles. They advanced right under us and then our 5 Fd [Regiment] 25 pounders opened fire and picked vehicle-tank after vehicle-tank until Jerry found it too hot. Staff car came up part of the way and lasted one minute and a half before it was blown to Hell.’

    The machine-gun section and the battalion 3-inch mortars joined the gunners, but the spotter plane still overhead directed fire on to them in retaliation and Sergeant Katene's mortar section was forced to move to alternative positions until ordered to withdraw in accordance with his instructions.

    The enemy attempted to force the pass road with tanks supported by mortars, but 5 Field Regiment and 22 Battalion were equal to the occasion although, through a request from 22 Battalion, 15 Platoon (Lieutenant Tuhiwai) was sent down into support on the pass side of Petras Hill as a precautionary measure. It was not needed and returned to C Company.
    ' (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p. 57.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy AWMM XII. H. 14. AWMM
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    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 100 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.57, 257, 307, 318, 332. AWMM
    • Information for this record was kindly provided by Allan Dodson, Porirua War Stories AWMM
    • Iwi, Hapū, Rohe and additional whakapapa information kindly provided from “Ngāti Raukawa and 20th century wars. Ngā Pakanga o Te Ao. Participation, Price, and Post-War Experience.” Research conducted by Te Kenehi Teira and Heeni Collins (2022). Report commissioned by Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Wellington (Wai 2200 Porirua ki Manawatu Inquiry). AWMM
    • Ngāti Raukawa in World War 2 - 1939-1945 & further (credit to Reuben Waaka, Diane Taylor, Te Kenehi Teira). Part of “Ngāti Raukawa and 20th century wars. Ngā Pakanga o Te Ao. Participation, Price, and Post-War Experience.” Research conducted by Te Kenehi Teira and Heeni Collins (2022). Report commissioned by Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Wellington (Wai 2200 Porirua ki Manawatu Inquiry). AWMM


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