Arthur Ernest Diehl Unknown date of birth - 19 December 1941 Key details Contribute › Service numberC/5429 AWMM Also known as ForceNavy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeAble Seaman AWMMRoyal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 10: Royal New Z … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesArthur Ernest AWMM SurnameDiehl AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service numberC/5429 AWMM Gender Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistment Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkation Relationship status Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaigns ForceNavy AWMM Service numberC/5429 AWMM Military units Military service Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation details Embarkation body Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in ActionCause of Death AWMM Report Last known rank Contribute › Last rankAble Seaman AWMMRoyal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Read more Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death19 AWMM Date of death19 December 1941 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathMediterranean AWMM Death notesMediterranean AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery name Grave reference Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameNew Zealand Naval MemorialDevonport Naval BaseHMNZS PhilomelDevonportAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Memorial referencePanel 10 AWMM Obituary Report Roll of Honour Remember Arthur Ernest Diehl by laying a poppy. John Henry Astin Diedrichs Alan Diehl Arthur Ernest Diehl Louis Diehl Ralph Diehl Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Arthur Ernest Diehl Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External links Documents Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.