Acting Sergeant Katue

Service number 4, PN4
Final Rank Acting Sergeant
Service Australian Army
Unit 1st Papuan Infantry Battalion
  • Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1943-08-12
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1943-01-07

Sergeant Katue was a Kerewo man of the Davadai clan from Goro village in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. He was among the first round of recruits to sign up to the Papuan Infantry Battalion (PIB) in 1940, having previously served with the Royal Papuan Constabulary. Katue is mentioned in numerous Australian news reports of the time that show great admiration of his strength and heroism. His Military Medal was the first decoration awarded to a Papuan member of the PIB.

According to local oral histories, Katue's success in battles was in part thanks to his possession of spirits that granted him supernatural powers including the ability to become invisible to his enemies.

Following the war Katue married a Hula woman and established a Kerewo settlement in Port Moresby.


  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Honours and Awards:

    1st Papuan Infantry Battalion
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Acting Sergeant
    London Gazette
    12 August 1943 on page 3625 at position 3
    Commonwealth Gazette
    07 January 1943 on page 7 at position 11