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Roy Spencer Natusch



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Roy Spencer AWMM
  • Surname
    Natusch AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    33965 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 June 1918 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Havelock North, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr R. Natusch (brother), Havelock North, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    33965 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Greece, Europe List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2
      2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
    • WW2 POW - PG 57, Gruppignano, Udine, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Italy, Europe Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 7456 AWMM

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 Mollie; father of David, Mike.

      'Besides those in the party from Marburg, one or two other NZers from camps in Austria reached the Allied lines through Yugoslavia in the summer and autumn of 1944. From an Arbeitskommando at Radkersburg attached to Stalag XVIIIA, a NZ sapper (Natusch) who had persistently tried to rejoin the Allied forces since his capture in April 1941 finally succeeded. When first rounded up at Kalamata he had managed to get clear, but after being in and out of enemy hands in Greece several times, he was recaptured with a party in a motor boat trying to reach Turkey. He was taken to Italy and was one of the few who escaped through a tunnel from Campo PG 57 in October 1942. Shortly after his transfer to Austria he escaped on 26 October 1943 from a working camp at Graz, and with others made his way into Hungary to join the group of escapers there, of whom some mention has been made elsewhere. Recaptured after the German occupation of Hungary in March 1944, he was injured while jumping from a train and was taken to Breslau hospital. He was later transferred to Austria again, and on 5 September 1944 walked off the farm at Radkersburg on which he was working. Having made contact with some friendly Austrians according to a prearranged plan, he reached a band of partisans north-west of Marburg. He and other escaped prisoners were taken south to reach Semic on 9 October and to Italy a fortnight later. Sapper R. S. Natusch (6 Fd Coy). For his many attempts and determination to escape he was awarded the MM.' (Source: Mason, W.W. Prisoners of War. pp. 384, 386.) AWMM
    • and Anna Public - Ella - Other Relative - 8 April 2015 - Family member
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About death

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  • Death
    1 March 2009 AWMM
    Age 90 AWMM
    Hawkes BayNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Havelock North Cemetery, Corner of Lucknow Road and Tanner Street, Havelock North, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 26 March 2009 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • I'm Sophie Westenberg and Papa Natusch was my foster great Grandad. I'm 9 and a half when I am writing this. I've got a picture of me and him at his 80th birthday. He had a plaster on his arm. When he died I went to his funeral. And when he got buried me and my cousins put flowes on his grave.
    Public - Sophie - Other Relative - 6 April 2015



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  • External links
    'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.' (London Gazette, 20 September 1945, p.4685.). Military Medal.
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 347 AWMM
    • Mason, W.W. (1954) Prisoners of war. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.384, 386. AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM


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08 April 2015EllaTaurangaOther Relative
06 April 2015SophieAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative

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