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Mathew Alphonsus Keppel


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mathew Alphonsus AWMM
  • Surname
    Keppel AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 34779 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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About birth

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  • Birth
    15 March 1919 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM 217 Tweed St., Invercargill AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Civil Engineer Public - Regan - Direct descendant - 15 May 2020 - Invercargill City Council Public Record
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. E. Keppel, 217 Tweed St., Invercargill (mother) AWMM
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    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 34779 AWMM
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  • Lance Sergeant M. A. Keppell, MM; Invercargill; born NZ 15 Mar 1919; chainman. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.578.)

    'The flash-spotting base centred on Trocchio was manned for a total of 52 days and nights. Lance-Sergeant Keppell was in command of one OP at the southern end of this feature and he did not leave it once. It was shelled almost every day and on 29 March the enemy scored a direct hit, wounding two men and causing much damage to equipment. Keppell had the wounded attended to and then arranged for a reserve instrument to be brought forward. In a very short time the post was in full operation. In the Orsogna operations he had similarly kept a post in action for 40 days. For this and his work at Trocchio he won an immediate MM. When the battery withdrew to Venafro its record of flash-spotting and sound-ranging locations throughout the period of 52 days was excellent.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 578.) AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.578. AWMM
    • 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
      p.254 AWMM


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30 September 2021ReganInvercargill New ZealandDirect descendant

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