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Arthur Ernest Diehl

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  • Service number
    C/5429 AWMM
  • Also known as
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    Navy AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW2 Able Seaman AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS Neptune AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 10: Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve - Leading Seamen, Able Seamen Alder - Forsyth (digital photo John Halpin 2011) - CC BY John Halpin
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Identity

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    Arthur Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    Diehl AWMM
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    C/5429 AWMM
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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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    Navy AWMM
  • Service number
    C/5429 AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Last rank
    WW2 Able Seaman AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS Neptune AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Arthur Diehl was the son of Alfred Emil and Gertrude Victoria Diehl (nee Stow) of Linwood, Christchurch. He died when his ship, HMS Neptune, hit several mines in the sea off Tripoli and sank in December 1941.

    Neptune's Legacy by Nixie Taverner. HMS Neptune was launched at Portsmouth on 31 January 1933. She was one of five 'Leander' class light cruisers completed between 1933 and 1935. Two others were HMS Achilles and Leander serving in the RNZN. They displaced 7,200 tons, could make 32 knots and carried eight 6 inch guns and 550 crew. The Neptune was in the Mediterranean from 1 December 1941 as part of Force K which was searching for Axis shipping, especially those taking supplies to Rommel in North Africa. Early on the 19th the ships of Force K ran into a minefield.The Neptune hit three or four mines and sank with only one survivor. At the same time the Aurora was badly damaged and Penelope slightly.Trying to reach Neptune to assist, the destroyer Kandahar was mined and had to be scuttled the following day. On the same day in Alexandria harbour the Queen Elizabeth with Admiral Cunningham on board and the Valiant were both badly damaged and sank.The Mediterranean Fleet battle squadron ceased to exist. Of the total crew of 766 there was only one survivor.He was rescued off a raft five days later by an Italian destroyer and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp. AWMM
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Death

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  • Age at death
    19 AWMM
  • Date of death
    19 December 1941 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Mediterranean AWMM
  • Death notes
    At sea, HMS Neptune AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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    New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Memorial reference
    Panel 10 AWMM
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