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Gordon Wilsdon Howat


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon Wilsdon AWMM
  • Surname
    Howat AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    25201 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 May 1917 AWMM PahiatuaManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Arawa Road, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs N Howat (mother), Arawa Road, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Single AWMM
    • Married Shirley Cave Public - Bob - Other relative - 6 August 2020 - Family knowledge


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    25201 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    14 October 1943 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Howat, Gordon Welsdon. (Ref. WO 373/26/255). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 26 March 1943 at Tebaga Gap, Tunisia AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Corporal G. W. Howat, MM; Whakatane; born Pahiatua, 30 May 1917; paper packer; wounded 26 Mar 1943. (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p.148.)

    'At 5 p.m. 6 Brigade moved off towards Merduma and camped for the night. Its casualties had not been severe. The 24th Battalion, the unit most heavily engaged, had had two officers and twelve other ranks wounded. Next morning (17 December), for the first time since Operation Guillotine began, fires were allowed for cooking breakfast, and before dawn the darkness was lit up by countless flares. Moving on westwards, 4 Light Armoured Brigade led the pursuit, with 6 Brigade bringing up the rear. During the afternoon our armour attacked the enemy outside Nofilia, while 6 Brigade passed south of the town and took up a position in reserve to the south-west. Fifth Brigade went farther on and tried to cross the coastal road, but was checked after sharp fighting and forced to remain on its southern side. As darkness fell the armour lay close outside Nofilia itself, on the western side, to contain the enemy rearguard which, however, in spite of these precautions, broke away during the night.

    In due course the Aucklanders reaped a reward of two decorations for the action at Wadi Matratin. The exploit which earned Lieutenant Masefield an MC has already been mentioned. Corporal Howat of B Company, now awarded the MM, had been one of an adventurous few who had made their escape from Greece in an open boat. He had also been among the survivors of Sidi Rezegh who found their way to Tobruk. His conduct on Miteiriya Ridge had been at one with the skill and daring he showed while leading his section in the night attack on Wadi Matratin.' (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. pp. 148-9.) AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • 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 225 AWMM
    • Fortune, G. & Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
    • 24 N.Z. Infantry Battalion Association [newsletter]. Auckland, N.Z.: The Association. AWMM
      24th N.Z. Infantry Battalion Association newsletter. August 2004, Issue 141. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.148-9, 172. AWMM


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