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70 years ago this month

Reconnaissance and patrols are undertaken to ready for the Battalion's attack on the Cassino railway station. The attack saw the unit suffer over 100 casualties in less than 24 hours, the heaviest of any of the New Zealand units. Read the war diary for February 1944 here

William Pitman

Serial No: 
28982
Surname: 
Pitman
Forename(s): 
William
Next of kin on enlistment: 
Mrs T. Pitman (mother), Tamatarau, R.D., Whangarei, New Zealand
Rank: 
Private
Address on enlistment: 
R.D., Whangarei, New Zealand
Date of death: 
21-Jun-12
Place of death: 
New Zealand
Notes: 

Brother of John and Edward Pitman.

William Pitman's obituary published in the New Zealand Herald, 25 June 2012.
PITMAN, William (Bill). Reg.No. 28982, 28 NZ (Maori) Battalion, A Company, 5th Re- inforcements. He was the last surviving A Coy man from the ferocious attack on the Cassino Railway Station, Italy 1944. Bill has been an inspiration to the 28 NZ (Maori) Battalion Auckland Association. We will all remember him for the Living Treasure that he was and the enternal Taonga that he and the rest of our Maori Battalion Veterans will always be for Maoridom. Ake, ake, kia kaha e! Rest easy Matua Bill, you have earned your rest.

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Moe Mai Ra

Uncle Bill passed away yesterday. Never forgotten