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George Palmer Cade

Gravestone at Purewa Cemetery provided by Paul Baker December 2013 - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Palmer AWMM
  • Surname
    Cade AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    20029 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 May 1909 AWMM HaweraTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 1928 AWMM 7 Cambridge Terrace, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM 7 Cambridge Terrace, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Ruth Madeline Cade (wife), 7 Cambridge Terrace, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Ruth Madeline Cade (wife), 7 Cambridge Terrace, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944. Citation: "On 24 October 1942 during the attack on Mitieriya Ridge, Major Cade was acting as L.O. at Brigade H.Q. Early in the action he found that both of his OPs [Observation Points] had been knocked out, one Troop Commander being killed and the other with a number of OP personnel, wounded. Immediately on release, at his own request, from his liaison duties, he proceeded to the heavily mined OP area under constant mortar and small arms fire, the last portion of the distance having to be covered on foot. Owing to the intensity of the fire, he had constantly to move his OP during the day and the greater part of the time he was actually forward of our own infantry, without any form of personal protection. In spite of the difficulties, he was able to cover by shell fire the consolidation of the infantry positions and to engage enemy strongpoints while his frequent tactical reports were of the utmost value. As he has done in every previous action, Major Cade once again displayed the utmost coolness and courage combined with most aggressive action. His bold OP policy combined with extensive reconnaissances under heavy fire, enabled him to engage targets that could not have been otherwise engaged and through the action he was a constant inspiration and example to all about him. At a later period in the same battle, he again distinguished himself by his gallant and highly aggressive OP work. Handing over his own armoured OP to a new Troop Commander he pushed forward in an unarmoured vehicle right to the area where our tanks were operating, established his OP within a few hundred yards of the enemy, engaged infantry and antitank guns and was able by his bold action to give vital assistance in the breaking up of an enemy counterattack on our own infantry." AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • General Service Medal 1918-62 (Malaya clasp) AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Ruth Madeline Cade nee Quirke and later Joan Clendon Cade.

    Director of Royal New Zealand Artillery (RNZA), 1948-53.

    General Staff Officer grade 1 (GSO1) of NZ Division, 1954-57.

    Commander of New Zealand Forces in Malaya, 1957-60.

    Given command of Central Military District (CMD) and of 2 New Zealand Infantry Brigade in 1960.

    Retired 1964. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    26 September 1987 AWMM
    Age 78 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block L Row 0 Plot 12 AWMM
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  • Obituary
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 69 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 16 AWMM
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