Burnett Neville Cook

Ingoa whānau
Ingoa tuatahi
Burnett Neville

World War 2

Tau Rangatū
Wāhi noho
Kerikeri Inlet, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Whanaunga tino tata i te wā o te kuhunga
Mrs Matilda Cook (mother), Kerikeri Inlet, New Zealand
Ngā tuhinga
In other sources, including the citation for his Military Medal and the April 1990 NZ 28 Maori Battalion Golden Jubilee Reunion booklet, his name is given as Neville Bennet Cook.

Takupu (1)

I have a copy of his file and I can confirm he is 39304 Corporal Neville Bennet Cook, A Company 28th Maori Battalion. Wounded 4 September 1942 Western Desert D. Died 30/7/1992. MM LG 22 July 1943. Recommendation 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 come under terrific enemy shell, mortar and MG fire causing heavy castualties including all Officers. Entirely regardless of his own personal saftey 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 area 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.