This citation for John August's Military Medal is reproduced from the April 1990 NZ 28 Maori Battalion Golden Jubilee Reunion booklet:
65434 Sergeant John August M.M.
This NCO commanded one of the leading platoons in the attack made by the Battalion on enemy positions at EL MRIER depression on the night 25/26 August 1942. Sgt AUGUST showed outstanding qualities of leadership, controlling and leading his men in difficult conditions under shell fire, and in smoke and dust. His coolness and personal courage was a continual source of inspiration to his men, who largely owing to the example he set successfully attacked and captured in succession eight enemy MG posts, taking prisoners and equipment and inflicting heavy casualties.