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Colin Hamilton Telfer

Signatures on the guitar case of Private Tuaine Utanga (47708). Guitar and Case in the collection of the Parnell RSA - This image may be subject to copyright

Signatures on the guitar case of Private Tuaine Utanga (47708). Guitar and Case in the collection of …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Colin Hamilton AWMM
  • Surname
    Telfer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    451923 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 October 1922 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Farmers' Trading Company, Taumarunui, King Country, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.R. Telfer (mother), PO Owhango, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1944 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Shop assistant/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Alice; father of Robert, Lorraine, Colin, Bill, Maureen, Delwyn

    Signature on the guitar case belonging to Tuaine Utanga (47708). Utanga took a guitar with him on active service, on the guitar's canvas case there are over 200 signatures of fellow New Zealand soldiers who served with the 30 Battalion and the 24 Battalion between 1941 and 1945. There is also a list on the case of dates and places that suggest that the guitar was taken to the following destinations:. No. 3 Platoon Vickers MM Guns. Trentham July 5th 1941. Samambula Fiji August 21 1941. Namaka Fiji September 18 1941. Momi Bay 2 January 1944. Cuvu (Thoovoo) 20 January 1944. 33 Mile Peg 24 January 1944. SS President Monroe Noumea 7 December 1942. Lambin New Caledonia 12 December 1942. Koumac New Caledonia 17 December 1942. New Hebrides 28 August 1943. Guadalcanal 27 August 1943. Vella Lavella 25 September 1943. Green Island 31 January 1944-15 February 1944. Nepoui New Caledonia 5 June 1944. Noumea Staging 9 August 1944. Papakura New Zealand 17 July 1944. Niue Island 7 September 1944. Rarotonga 11 September 1944. Auckland New Zealand 19 October 1944. Hobart Tasmania 9 January 1945. Maadi Egypt 30 January 1945. Advance Base Taranto 5 March 1945. ? Senica 12 March 1945. San Severino 13 March 1945.' AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 December 2006 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
    PaihiaBay of Islands AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Kaeo Cemetery, Kaeo, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 13: WW2 123 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM

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