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Harry Meltzer

Portrait, Harry Meltzer (632846) (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Harry Meltzer (632846) (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyrigh …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harry AWMM
  • Surname
    Meltzer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Henry AWMM
  • Service number
    632846 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Jewish AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 June 1922 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 5 August 1940 AWMM 16 Shipperds Avenue, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Vera Meltzer (mother), 16 Shipperds Avenue, Epsom Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Sinai & Palestine AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    632846 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Auckland AWMM
    • Trentham AWMM
    • Ngaruawahia AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 5 August 1940 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Tent maker/Civilian AWMM
    AucklandNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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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  • Second son of Joseph Meltzer and Vera Meltzer nee Levy.

    Husband of Reva (nee Jolson), they married 1 December 1949. Father of five children.

    Harry grew up in Mt Eden and was educated Mt Albert Grammar School.

    After school he did an apprenticeship as a tent manufacturer.

    Harry joined the Army in August 1940 and trained in Auckland, Trentham and Ngaruawahia (with the Supply section) as a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant and embarked for War as a Temporary Sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 5 May 1943.

    Harry served as a Temporary Sergeant in Palestine and Egypt and was deployed to Alexandria then to Italy 23 June 1945.

    His photograph and a biography was published in the Auckland Star and New Zealand Herald newspapers when he was Mentioned in Despatches.

    He left Europe to come home on the 27 February 1946 disembarking in New Zealand 19 March 1946.

    Posted to the Reserves he attended Annual Camp with the Reserve of Officers until 30 March 1952.

    After the war Harry worked for the family company E.L. Riley, a company manufacturing work clothes and heavy duty clothes, as a salesman and then as General Manager.

    A gifted sportsman he was well known in sporting circles having played senior cricket and league football for Richmond. He also played for Auckland B Grade and joined Carlton Bowling Club.

    In 1964 he left the family business to start his own manufacturing company, Harmel Clothing Manufacturers Ltd. The company made jeans and children's clothing in Otara, Auckland in premises owned by his father inlaw Harry Jolson. In May 1969 the Company received a franchise to manufacture jeans and golf attire under the Arnold Palmer label which were then sold by Milne and Choice.

    Harry's Company was bought out by JBL Limited in early 1969 and Harry remained the Chief Executive Officer. JBL extended the business to Australia and Harry move to live Australia. In 1970 the Company went into receivership. Harry joined the English Company S.H. Lock, a property development business, in 1972 and supervised the construction of commercial properties in Sydney.

    He retired in 1983 and with Reva lived in Northern New South Wales.

    New Zealand Jewish Soldiers Project, biographical histories, family visits by Evelyn Jaffe, Auckland War Memorial Museum AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1986 AWMM
    Age 64 AWMM
    New South WalesAustralia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Allambe Memorial Park, Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Nerang Queensland, Australia AWMM Jewish Rockery site 50A AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Roll of Honour, Auckland Jewish Community, WW2, Auckland Hebrew Congregation, 108 Greys Avenue, Auckland AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Unpublished papers: family papers AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 133 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald AWMM

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