Reconnaissance patrol report for 27 July 1942 submitted by Lt John Tikao-Barrett.
27 Jul, Sat 0100 hrs one p1atoon of C Coy under Lt Tikao-Barrett moved from B Coy to contact 21 Battalion. Their patrol was hampered by the moon light but achieved its objective. 0700 hrs a stray enemy shell landed near Bn Hqrs and wounded two men. 0750 hrs A and B Coys have been subjected to occasional shelling during the night which has increased in intensity. 0855 hrs enemy planes apparently dive-bombers bombed approx. 3.2 km north. 1035 hrs 18 Bostons bombed enemy positions to the north-west. 1435 hrs our artillery firing at intervals. Enemy shelling of A and B Coys, then heat haze makes visibility poor. 1455 hrs approximately 12 shells in rapid succession forward of C Coy. 1615 hrs nine RAF fighters headed due east. 1830 hrs Coy Commanders conference at Battalion. 1850 hrs heavy enemy concentration on Indian positions 2.4 km north of C Coy. 2000 hrs Bn Hqrs shifted to Map Ref. 88062739. Casualties: one killed, two wounded for the day. Grave Map Ref. 87982743.
Read more about the Māori Battalion’s activities in the July 1942 war diary.