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Walter Batty



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter AWMM
  • Surname
    Batty AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    22909 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 January 1905 AWMM TongaPacific AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Hampton Court, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C. Batty (wife), 25 Clifton Road, Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    22909 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      On the morning of 1 December 1941 at Belhamed Libya, the 6 New Zealand Field Regiment were withdawing in the face of very heavy opposition in the shape of tanks and infantry. A troop had succeeded in extricating itself from the main position and were forming up to be led to a new position some distance away. Sergeant Batty was with his gun and tractor and had nearly reached the troop forming-up place when the troop was subjected to a hail of tank shells and small-arms fire. One tank was actually in the process of charging the troop. With firm determination Sergeant Batty ordered 'Halt, action rear,' brought his gun into action and with his first shot disposed of the charging tank. He then proceeded single handed to engage another eight tanks at longer range. By now the remainder of the troop had deployed for action and the tanks, not relishing the fate of their leader, made off. The prompt and determined action of Sergeant Batty in accepting battle single-handed undoubtedly saved the remainder of the troop who were at the time reforming and not able to accept a tank attack from this particular quarter. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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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  • Embarkation Unit listed as 3rd Echelon, 2NZEF in biography in Distinguished Conduct Medal book.

    Played for the All Blacks. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    10 May 1979 AWMM
    Age 74 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Think of you often Walt especially when there is the All Blacks playing,in fact I'm watching the rematch of The All Blacks v wallabies and yes The All Blacks did wonderfully well. I wish I was around to see you I your days as an All Black.... doesn't matter because I spent my younger wears with you and proud to have you as my godfather and so loved seeing you,especially at Christmas time. I miss you Walter...and Dad and you be together now...proud of both of you Love Always...Annemarie
    Public - Annemarie - Other Relative - 16 August 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    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 Unknown page AWMM


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16 August 2015AnnemarieBirkenheadOther Relative

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