Topic: Patu Andy Williams (1918-1941)
Patu Andy Williams was a Company Bootmaker which earned him extra pay during World War II. He was killed whilst fighting with the Maori Battalion on 23 May 1941.
Patu Andy Williams was born on 3 May 1918 to Andy and Isabella Williams. He attended Tauranga District High School up until the fourth form.
On 7 February 1940 he enlisted in World War II from Elizabeth Street, Tauranga. He was appointed Company Bootmaker which earned him extra pay. Patu served with the 28th (Maori) Battalion.
Patu arrived in Egypt on 4 March 1941. He was killed in action on Crete whilst fighting with the Maori Battalion on 23 May 1941.
Patu is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).
Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).
Cenotaph Record (Auckland War Memorial Museum).
Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).