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Stanley Rippon

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Stanley AWMM
  • Surname
    Rippon AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • 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
    Unknown AWMM 33 St Stephen's Avenue, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single 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
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mr and Mrs F. Rippon of Devonport, Auckland

    The MV Melbourne Star was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 129 (Commanded by Witt) in the Atlantic some 500 miles east south east of Bermuda in position 2805 north and 5730 west. The ship was sailing independently on a voyage from Liverpool and Grennock to Cristobal, Melbourne and Sydney. The ship had 31 passengers and 8285 tons of government stores and general cargo, including ammunition and torpedos. The Master, Captain James B Hall, 82 crew, 11 gunners and passengers were al lost. 4 crew drifted in an open boat for 39 days and were rescued by a United States Catalina flying boat and were landed at Bermuda. The ship had blown up in 60 seconds after being torpedoed. The four survivors were later each awarded the BEM for their courage and fortitude

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    2 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Atlantic Ocean AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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Memorials

Memorial

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    • Tower Hill Memorial, Trinity Square, London, England AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Deaths Register - Merchant Navy, Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R160611) AWMM
      List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Auckland Star AWMM
    • Lloyd's war losses : the Second World War. (1989-). (Vols. 1-2). London, England: Lloyd's of London Press. AWMM
    • Tennent, A. (2001). British and Commonwealth Merchant Ship Losses to Axis Submarines 1939-45. Gloucestershire, England: Sutton Publishing. AWMM
    • Rohwer, J. (1999). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two. London, England: Greenhill Books. AWMM
    • Sharpe, P. (1998). U-boat fact file, 1935-1945. Earl Shilton, England: Midland Publishing. AWMM
    • Jones, G. P. (1975). Under three flags : the story of Nordmark and the armed supply-ships of the German navy. London, England: Corgi. AWMM
    • Lord, W. (1982). The miracle of Dunkirk. London, England: Allen Lane. 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
    • Plummer, R. (1990). The ships that saved an army : a comprehensive record of the 1,300 "little ships" of Dunkirk. Northamptonshire, England: P. Stephens. AWMM
    • British merchant vessels lost or damaged by enemy action during Second World War, 3rd September 1939 to 2nd September 1945 AWMM
    • Hague, A. (2000). The allied convoy system, 1939-1945 : its organization, defence and operation. St Catharines, Ont.: Vanwell. AWMM
    • Atkinson, N. (2005). Hell or high water : New Zealand merchant seafarers remember the war. HarperCollins in association with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM

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