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John Randall St John Kebbell

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Randall St John AWMM
  • Surname
    Kebbell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Kebbel AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/68 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 February 1892 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Ohau, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J. Kebbell (father), Ohau, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/68 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Farmer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
    Severly wounded in head…lay semi concious for 12 hours in sun..rescued and operated on Gallipoli but DOW AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Son of John and Mary Grace Kebbell, of Le Ranawa, Ohau.

    Cousin of Trooper Francis Nestor Robinson (11/921), who was killed in action on 27 August 1915, at Gallipoli.

    "Left New Zealand with the Main Expeditionary Force as Sergeant in the 6th Manawatu Squadron, Wellington Mounted Rifles. He was severely wounded in the head by a bullet on May 29th, 1915, and laid half conscious for twelve hours in a narrow trench exposed to the sun. Stretcher bearers got him out at 10 p.m., and carried him to hospital, where he was operated upon next day, but his strength had failed and he died in twenty-four hours. He was a Prefect in 1912, and an enthusiastic rifle shot, being in the shooting eight 1910, 1911, and 1912." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School])

    Surname occasionally spelled as Kebbel. Date of death in some published sources is recorded as 1 July 1915.

    Alexander Turnbull Library, Micro 243; Diary 1914-15. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 May 1915 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Beach Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey AWMM I.H.8. AWMM
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  • John, known as Jack to the family, was the only son of John & Mary Kebbell. They were a well known Horowhenua Farming Family. John senior was the President of the Horowhenua District Council for a number of years, negotiating with the local Maori Iwi to have both the railway and main North/ South road pass through the Horowhenua. As a young man John senior fought in the Maori Wars in Taranaki. Jack was the only brother to Gertrude, Marjorie, Alison, Katherine and Alice. Tragically both Katherine & Alice were drowned together in the Ohau river when they were 11 & 9 respectively. In memory of Jack, Katherine & Alice the Kebbell Family donated a stain glass window in St John's Church , Ohau. It remains there today. Majorie was my grandmother, who I remember talked often of her brother Jack.
    Public - Denis Maxwell - Other Relative - 20 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Boyack, N. (1989). Behind the lines : the lives of New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. Wellington, N.Z.: Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 385 AWMM
    • Boyack, N. (1989). Behind the lines : the lives of New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. Wellington, N.Z.: Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press. AWMM
      Boyack, N. (1989). p. 17, 20, 22, 23. AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2005). Bloody Gallipoli: the New Zealanders' story. Auckland, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM


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20 April 2015Denis MaxwellWellington, New ZealandOther Relative
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