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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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