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Edward William Keymer

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  • Title
    Mr Public - Jennifer - Other relative - 4 November 2017 - Family Photographs
  • Forenames
    • Edward William AWMM
    • Edward Public - Jennifer - Other relative - 4 November 2017 - Family photographs
  • Surname
    • Keymer AWMM
    • Keymer Public - Jennifer - Other relative - 4 November 2017 - Family photos
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Ted Keymer AWMM
    • Ted Keymer Public - Jennifer - Other relative - 4 November 2017 - Family photos
  • Service number
    • 279069 AWMM
    • 279069 Public - Jennifer - Other relative - 4 November 2017 - Family photos
  • Gender
    • Male AWMM
    • Male Public - Jennifer - Other relative - 4 November 2017 - Family photos
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    • Methodist, Christian AWMM
    • Methodist Christian Public - Jennifer - Other relative - 4 November 2017 - family photos

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 January 1907 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 23 May 1941 AWMM 12 Wairoa Avenue, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr William John Keymer (father), 29 Birkdale Road, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 10 December 1942 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 279069 AWMM
    • 279069 Public - Jennifer - Other relative - 4 November 2017 - Family photos
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Started training on 1 August 1942. Trained at Ngaruawahia, Kaipara Flats, Kensington Park (Whangarei) and Trentham. AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 23 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    Waterside worker/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7 inches AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Ted Keymer was one of twelve children. He joined the army and was sent overseas as part of the 8th Reinforcements for the Petrol Company. He served 3 years and 233 days of which 3 years and 11 days were spent overseas. Ted arrived home on 20 December 1945 with the Tekapo Draft.

    In a letter written home to his sisters and brothers from Maadi Camp in Egypt, he talks about his impressions of Egypt. Generally he went to Cairo on leave and thought there were "some fine buildings almost like skyscrapers, some homes are marvellous". He didn't have a lot of time for the Egyptians and felt they were out to overcharge you at every opportunity. The shoeshine boys got a mention as being aggresive and hostile if you didn't want your shoes shined, you had to lose them in the crowd to get rid of them " have to be quick or they will dab a dose of black stuff on the toe of your shoe, the idea is so they will have to clean it off or all over. So the argument goes on ... then he kids to you, calls you a good Kiwi, I love you & so on & then asks for a shilling or 2 shillings for the job, so many a time I walked on with one polished & the other any how." He visited the pyramids and "got to the top of the big pyramid about 450ft high ..." and was most impressed with the zoo "... it is marvellous, more natural than ours by far. The footpaths are laid out in different coloured stones & design, real great work & animals that I had never seen before...". He also says "... the day can't come soon enough for me to get back to you all again ...".

    He remained a bachelor all his life.

    Certificate of Discharge no.14115 issued 21 April 1947

    The Petrol Company was a division of the New Zealand Army Service Corps. "The Company went overseas with the First Echelon of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force in January 1940 and for the first year of the war served in Egypt and the Western Desert, carrying troops, ammunition and supplies 'up the Blue', building petrol dumps and training for the active role that lay ahead." The Company served in Greece and Crete before moving back to North Africa. "In North Africa the Company again fulfilled its specialist role of supplying the Division with petrol, oil and lubricants for its transport and it was largely through the untiring efforts of its drivers that the Division was able to carry out the long desert moves that took it from Alamein to Tunis." Petrol Company then moved on to Italy in October/November 1943. They worked through places such as the Sangro Valley, Volturno Valley, Presenzano, Cassino, Rome, Fabriano, Forli, Trieste and Lake Trasimene. "New Zealand drivers . seemed able almost by instinct to find their way about the trackless desert, nor were daunted in Italy by muddy tracks or mountain roads." Petrol Company was disbanded by December 1945 when Trevor Sims drove the last truck to a British depot in Assisi.

    Extracts from Petrol Company / Arthur Kidson, 1961. D 743. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 October 1992 AWMM
    Age 85 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
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  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.218 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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