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WW2 Roll of Honour - New Zealand

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  • Flying Officer Porokoru Patapu Pohe (1914 - 1944)
    John Pohe (10 December 1914– 31 March 1944), was a New Zealand Māori Royal New Zealand Air Force officer and bomber pilot who was taken prisoner during the Second World War. Notable for his part in the...
  • Percy Sylva (1916 - 1943)
    Service Number 65363 WWI 1939 -1945 Last Rank: Lance Sergeant/Military 28 (Maori) Battalion Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Son of I. Sylva and Hana Panere Sylva, of Te Hapua, husband of Kate Sy...
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    LAC. Alexander Balfour Spence (1911 - 1943)
    Alexander Spence was the son of George and Mary Spence; husband of Margaret Josephine Spence, of Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand. Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna. LEADI...
  • Spr. Thomas Kearton (1896 - 1941)
    Killed in action in WW2 during the evacuation of Greece. He is interred at the Phaleron War Cemetery near Athens:

The Second World War was the greatest conflict ever to engulf the world. It took the lives of 50 million people, including one in every 150 New Zealanders, and shaped the world that we have lived in ever since.

  • The population of New Zealand in 1940 was about 1,600,000.
  • About 140,000 New Zealand men and women served, 104,000 in 2NZEF, the rest in the British or New Zealand naval or air forces.
  • Fatal casualties during the conflict numbered 11,928 (Commonwealth War Graves Commission figures).
  • Post-war calculations indicated that New Zealand's ratio of killed per million of population (at 6684) was the highest in the Commonwealth (with Britain at 5123 and Australia, 3232).

This project is to commemorate those who died in the Conflict.