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World War II (1939-1945): New Zealand Roll of Honour

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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.