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Alan Lloyd Cato

Portrait of Sub Lieutenant Alan Lloyd Cato, Auckland Weekly News, 8 April 1942.Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19420408-24-1. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Sub Lieutenant Alan Lloyd Cato, Auckland Weekly News, 8 April 1942.Sir George Grey Speci …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alan Lloyd AWMM
  • Surname
    Cato AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII C/X247105 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 November 1915 AWMM AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Son of Norman Frederick and Leonora Cato of Herne Bay, Auckland

    Prior to his attachment to HMS Jupiter, Sub-Lieutenant Cato served as a liaison officer in Dutch submarines in the Netherlands East Indies.

    Cato was killed when HMS Jupiter struck a mine during the Battle of the Java Sea.

    Peter McDermott, who served in 24th Battalion, wrote the following about his job in the Horotiu Freezing Works. He took over from Alan Cato. 'I [Peter McDermott] probably did not realise this as character-building at the time,although I do recall my first Friday night at Horotiu. I was expected to attend a function in the Fellmongery change-room to farewell my predecessor, who was leaving to join the Navy, and to welcome his replacement. I had to stand on a 5-gallon keg and sing a song. As a shy 19-year-old this was something of a torment, but my predecessor helped me out by singing with me. The song was Maxicali Rose. Sadly - so sadly - my predecessor was Alan Cato, an Auckland Grammar boy from Herne Bay, who sailed Zeddy's (Z class) at the Ponsonby Cruising Club and lasted in the Navy barely 18 months before being lost in a submarine off Sumatra.' (McDermott, P. (2003), p. 3). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 February 1942 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Java SeaIndonesia AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • All Saints Church, 284 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby Auckland 1011 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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