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Full Name
Oswald Kenneth Balzer
Rank Last Held
Private
Forename(s)
Oswald Kenneth
Surname
Balzer
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
445107
Gender
Male
Place of Birth
Whakarewrewa, Rotorua, New Zealand
First Known Rank
Private
Occupation before Enlistment
Labourer
Next of Kin
Mrs Ellen Balzer (mother), Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit
28 (Maori) Battalion
Embarkation Date
21 July 1943
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel
Nieuw Amsterdam
Destination
Egypt
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 12
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 11
Campaigns
Italy
Last Unit Served
28 (Maori) Battalion, B Company
Place of Death
Italy
Date of Death
7 December 1943
Age at Death
22
Year of Death
1943
Cemetery Name
Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference
IX. D. 16.
Memorial Name
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
  • Whakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, Rotorua
  • Rotorua Citizens War Memorial (World War 2)
Biographical Notes
  • Son of Ellen Tuparahaki Balzer (nee Hunt) and Walter Gordon Balzer (24549) of Whakarewarewa, Rotorua.
  • Raised by his mother, Ellen from an early age.
  • Three sons, brothers Aubrey Huia Balzer (275754); Clarence Juna Victor Balzer (65181); and Oswald Kenneth Balzer (445107) kia, served in WW2.
Description of Image
  • Portrait
  • Whakarewarewa Village, Memorial Gateway, Rotorua (photo J Chong, 1998)
  • Whakarewarewa Village, Memorial Gateway, Roll of Honour, 1939-1945 (photo J Chong, 1998)
  • Whakarewarewa Village, Memorial Gateway, commeorative plaque (photo J Chong, 1998)
  • Rotorua Citizens War Memorial (World War 2), War Memorial Park. Photo G.A. Fortune 1999
Further References
Sources Used
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943)
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • 28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945
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