The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Angelo Enrico
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
- Place of Birth:
- Gwalia, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Bernard Mazza
- Mothers's Name:
- Elena Boudoni Mazza
- Non denominational
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 135, Age 22.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed In Action
- Place of Death:
- South-West Bukit Timah
- Date of Death:
- Believed killed in the vicinity of the atap huts at map reference 752148.
Soldier was believed killed in the vicinity of atap huts at map reference 752148 during the Japanese ambush on 11 February 1942 at South West Bukit Timah. 88 of 200 men survived.
Lt Mazza was transferred to ‘E’ Company which was made up of mostly reinforcements, most of whom had little or very little training.
Harry was youngest of six sons born to the Mazza family. There were other brothers who enlisted. Eldest son Lorenzo Angelo was married when he enlisted, remaining in Australia with No. 2 Australian Base Ordinance Store. Victor served overseas with 4th Australian Infantry Battalion and returned home. Victor married in 1942, and in about 1949, it is believed he and his wife purchased what became known as Mazza’s Store in Gwalia. This building is only one of two buildings standing today in historic Gwalia.
The Mazza family endured a tragedy when in July 1932, Bernard Mazza, father of the six sons, committed suicide. At the time he was being treated by a doctor. Today his illness would probably have been treated successfully. Bernard Mazza was living in a ramshackle area known as ‘Gwalia Block’ located close to the mine where most miners lived whilst their families resided in tin and hessian cottages on surveyed lots further away.
Widowed Elena Mazza was then mother to 6 sons aged up to16 years.
Harry was a most likeable and very popular young man. His death was an unbearable loss to the Mazza family and to his 2/4th mates.
From Kalgoorlie Miner, 6 June 1945.
From West Australian Newspaper 6 June 1945.