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Rangiora Keelan

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Rangiora AWMM
  • Surname
    Keelan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 62591 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1915 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 18 October 2022 -
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Son of Graham Hatarei Keelan and Hoana Putiputi Keelan, of Mangatuna Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 18 October 2022 -
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Huanui Station, Tolaga Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr G.S. Keelan (father), P.O., Tolaga Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 62591 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Rangiora Keelan was the son of Graham Hatarei Keelan and Hoana Putiputi Keelan, of Mangatuna, New Zealand. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    26 March 1943 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    TunisiaNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM X. F. 18. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Keelan.—Pte. Rangiora, reported killed in action, beloved eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Keelan. He died for us.
    Kore ake he' aroha
    Kia rite ki tenei tenui
    Kia tuku te tangata ia-ia ano.
    Kia mate mo ona hoa. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 28 May 2023 - ROLL OF HONOUR
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Gisborne First World War Memorial, The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne AWMM

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  • Tena koe Uncle Rangiora, as each ANZAC day goes by, my children and I search for your image. We are filled with pride that you sacrificed so much for the freedoms that we have today, and we look on with sadness that you didn't return home to us. Thank you, your whanau look at you with adoration and love in our hearts as we remember the sacrifice that you and others made for us.

    Nga mihi aroha xoxo
    Public - Tania - Other relative - 21 April 2020



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17 July 2023Lorraine Mona GisborneResearcher
21 April 2020Tania GisborneOther relative

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