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Full Name
Jerry Atkins
Rank Last Held
Also Known As
Heremia Kawha
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
First Known Rank
Occupation before Enlistment
Next of Kin
Mrs R. Kawha (mother), Ford Street, Opotiki, East Coast, New Zealand
Marital Status
Enlistment Address
Opotiki, New Zealand
Military District
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 11th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit
28 (Maori) Battalion
Embarkation Date
21 February 1944 or 31 March 1944
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Mooltan or Willem Ruys
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 13
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 7
Last Unit Served
28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death
Italy, near Florence
Date of Death
24 July 1944
Age at Death
Year of Death
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
Florence War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference
VII. F. 14.
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes
Private Atkins was one of 28 Battalion's 24 casualties in the Florence campaign. The advance on Florence was taking place in July 1944. 23 Battalion, 28 Battalion and 21 Battalion were making their way through the countryside around the road from Castellina to San Casciano and on to the Signa crossing about six miles west of Florence. The country was hilly, wooded, thickly populated with numerous buildings to serve as strongpoints for the Germans. The weather was fine and hot and the roads dusty - which signalled to the enemy any movement during the day.
Further References
Sources Used
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 7 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1942 to 31st March, 1942)
  • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman.

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