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John Kevern

John Kevern - This image may be subject to copyright

John Kevern - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Kevern AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jock AWMM
  • Service number
    80723 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1942 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1942 2NZEF Nom. Roll 9, p.218 Flour Miller/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 9, p.218
    InvercargillSouthland 2NZEF Nom. Roll 9, p.218
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Kevern was the son of John and Florence Kevern, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.

    To Florence.

    'This was the enemy's last real stand before the Arno, and when the advance was resumed the next morning (4 August two burnt-out Tiger Tanks, still smouldering were found just past the end of the sunken road. The more optimistic in the regiment claimed that their HE fire had knocked them out, a claim which greatly heartened 6 Troop at the time but which now seems hardly likely. The squadron commander, Major Clapham, thinks that they were probably brewed up by the artillery, the most likely possibility; Heptinstall himself, who was given some credit for the success at the time and has most to lose, says that' it is my personal belief that the Jerries brewed them up as they probably did not have enough petrol to move them back beyond Arno.'. These tanks had been the core of the enemy's opposition during the fighting of the last three days and their elimination, no matter who was responsible, virtually meant the end of the battle south of the Arno. Heptinstall won the MC for his outstanding ability and courage in this action, and others shared the credit with him :Sergeant-Major Reid, as aggressive as ever ('if there was anything Jack Reid liked more than a scrap it was another scrap'); Corporal Newman ('the magnificent, aggressive cool soldier as he always was'); the four men killed - Harold Chatterton, Frank Mathias, Clive Lane, and John Kevern.'from Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45 : 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment' byD.J.C. Pringle & W.A. Glue AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    3 August 1944 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    FlorenceItaly AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Florence War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VII. A. 10. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • RIP John. I see your friends call you Jock but to my family we call you John (or Johnny). Please don't feel you are forgotten because you are not. I am your father's cousin's daughter. Yes, a bit distant but family nonetheless. I have photos of you so there you are, not to be forgotten. I can't imagine the horrors of war having been born in 1956 in Southland. You made the ultimate sacrifice but, John I wish I could have known you. With much love, Frances Bowden
    Public - Frances - Other Relative - 6 July 2015
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2614400
    Sources Used
  • 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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09 December 2021Ian Banks Taumarunui New ZealandResearcher
06 July 2015Frances Christchurch New ZealandOther Relative

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