This citation for Corporal Cook's Military Medal is reproduced from the April 1990 NZ 28 Maori Battalion Golden Jubilee Reunion booklet:
39304 Corporal Neville Bennet Cook M.M.
Cpl COOK commanded one of the sections of the forward left platoon of 'A' Coy who were detailed to attack and take an objective to the right of TAKROUNA Village on the night 19/20 April, 1943. He displayed outstanding courage, coolness and leadership throughout the attack. His Coy came under terrific enemy shell, mortar and MG fire causing heavy casualties including all Officers. Entirely regard less of his own personal safety he tended to the wounded and with a small band of helpers organised the moving of the wounded to shelter. During this action the whole of his Coy area was continually under enemy fire. By his resourcefulness and devotion to duty however, he was able to have all the wounded in his Coy evacuated to the RAP by early evening of the 20 April, 1943.