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Kaufman, John

Service Number T394 Death Date 21/12/1945

Place of Death Cardiac failure

Cause of Death Cardiac failure

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

Capt John Kaufmann  

The death occurred suddenly yesterday at his residence, 15 Darcy St., Hobart, of Capt John Kaufmann. For many years he had been senior clerk at Anglesea Barracks. He joined the Commonwealth Public Service in 1910.

He saw service in the First World War with 1st Headquarters, AIF, in England and France.

In 1942 he was appointed staff captain "A," HQ, Tas. L of C Area, and held this appointment at the time of his death.

Capt Kaufmann's knowledge of military administration was a tower of strength to all with whom he worked during the war.

He is survived by his Wife and son, John Joseph

The Mercury 22 Dec 1945

Photo by Kay Newman

Keach, Francis Edward

Service Number 408198 Death Date 29/12/1944

Place of Death East Sale

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Sale War Cemetery

keach Francis Edward.jpg (10546 bytes)Born 2nd July 1918 at Oatlands Tasmania he was the son of George Henry and Amy Lethbridge Percy.  His wife gave birth to a son two months after his death.

The Mercury 5 Jan 1945

Tasmanian Trainee Pilot Killed

MELBOURNE Thurs.-When an aircraft crashed shortly after, taking off on a non-operational training flight in eastern Victoria, Flying Officer Francis Edward Keach, trainee pilot, of Chiswick, Ross (T) was killed.

The pilot instructor, P-0 Robert' Spencer Roberts, of Medingie (SA), was severely injured, and died in hospital. The navigator, Sgt D. L. Jones, of Mayfield (NSW), was injured and is in an RAAF hospital.

 

Kearnes, Geoffrey John

Service Number H/2572 Death Date 13/01/1944

Place of Death HMAS Huon

Cause of Death Motor Vehicle Accident

Burial Launceston War Cemetery

Was on leave from the navy when the car he was travelling in crashed into a wall on the George Town road at the foot of Mowbray Heights hill.  Geoffrey Kearnes was one of two people killed in the accident.

The Mercury 17 Jan 1944 

OS G. J. Kearnes

The funeral of OS Geoffrey John Kearnes took place with naval honours at Carr Villa on Saturday. A firing party was in the charge of CPO Riley. Lt Sodersteen. representing the Naval Officer in Charge (Capt Farquhar Smith), was in command of the parade. The service was conducted by Pastor E. Behrens and Mr R. G. Pretyman, of the Seventh Day Adventists.

Chief mourners were Mr T. Kearnes 'father), Mr and Mrs C. Stocks (brother-in-law and sister). Messrs C. Neilson (uncle), and R. McKay (cousin). Casket carriers were AB Dixon, AB Hughes, OS Dixon. AB Henley. Stkr Wright, and OS Gray.

Funeral arrangements were carried out by C. T. Finney.

Kearney, Ian Edward

Service Number TX2457 Death Date 24/02/1944

Place of Death POW Kinsaike Thailand

Cause of Death Dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 14 Nov 1918 Main Road Glenorchy the son of Albert Edward and Ella Elizabeth Kearney (nee Burn) Pte Kearney was a member of the 2/40 Battalion and a prisoner of war of the Japanese at Kinsaike Thailand  when he died from dysentery.

Photo by Linda McKenzie

Kearney Maxwell Kenneth

Service Number VX5872 Death Date 7/03/1942

Place of Death Yugoslavia

Cause of Death Executed

Burial

Rank: Private  Unit: HQ 17 INF BDE  Service: Army  Conflict: 1939-1945 
Born 2nd July 1918 at Oatlands Tasmania he was the son of George Henry and Amy Lethbridge Kearney (nee Percy). He was married and living in Caulfield Victoria and working as a horse trainer when he enlisted and was posted to the 16th Australian Infantry Brigade. Sadly, his wife gave birth to a son two months after his death.

He was taken as a prisoner of war and sent to Stalag 18A where he was eventually executed on the 7th March 1944. He was buried in the Kries Cemetery Yugoslavia.

 

Keating, Bruce Edgar

Service Number TX4809 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death drowned whilst POW

Burial

See also KEATING MAURICE STEWART (brother)

KEATING.-TX4809 Pte Bruce Edgar Keating,-2/40th Battalion, beloved son of .Mr and Mrs J. Keating, Campania, aged 27 years; died whilst prisoner of -war, result of the torpedoing of a Japanese transport near Nagasaki on June 24, 1944.. Loved by all.

The Mercury 14 Nov 1944

Pte B. E. Keating, son of Mr and Mrs J. Keating, Campania, who is believed to have lost his life about June 20. He and his brother had been prisoners of war for nearly three years. Three members of this family were reported prisoners of war and another brother has been discharged from the fighting forces.

See Tamahoko Maru

Keating, Maurice Stewart

Service Number TX4101 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death drowned whilst POW

Burial

Pte M. S. Keating, son of Mr and Mrs J. Keating, Campania, who is believed to have lost his life about June 20. He and his brother had been prisoners of war for nearly three years. Three members of this family were reported prisoners of war and another brother has been discharged from the fighting forces

The Mercury 14 Nov 1944

See also KEATING BRUCE EDGAR (BROTHER) 

KEATING.-TX4101 Pte Maurice Stewart Keating, beloved son of Mr and Mrs J. Keating, Campania, aged 22 years; died whilst prisoner of war, result of the torpedoing of a Japanese transport near Nagasaki on June 24, 1944. Loved by all.

Keck, Frederick Abbey

Service Number 400623 Death Date 11/04/1942

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Rheinberg War Cemetery

keck frederick.jpg (308622 bytes)Born 2 June 1914 South St Invermany Launceston Tasmania the son of the Rev Harry Alfred George and Ethel Annie Keck (nee Wylie) Frederick Abbey Keck was a bank official before he enlisted in the RAAF. 

FO Keck was the navigator of Hampden AT 221 which took off from RAF Wigsley to bomb the main square of Essen, Germany.  Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base.  

After the war it was established that the aircraft crashed at Sturzelberg and all the crew were killed.  

The Argus Melbourne 29 Sep 1942

KECK.-On March 30, over Libya, Flight-Lieut. Harry Kingwell and on April 10 over Germany, P.O. Frederick Abbey, eldest and second eldest sons of the Rev. H. A. G. and Mrs. Keck, and brothers of Lieut. W. D. (A.I.F.), Lieut. J. C. (A.I.F.), Captain J. W. (A.I.F.), Dvr T.M.   (A.I.F.), Lurline, and Bruce, aged 30 years and 28 years. - "Thou shalt love with all thy strength".

Keck Harry Kingwell

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

Even though Harry Kingwell Keck was born in Victoria I have included him with the Tasmanian casualties because of his brother who was born in Tasmania 

The Argus Melbourne 29 Sep 1942

KECK.-On March 30, over Libya, Flight-Lieut. Harry Kingwell and on April 10 over Germany, P.O. Frederick Abbey, eldest and second eldest sons of the Rev. H. A. G. and Mrs. Keck, and brothers of Lieut. W. D. (A.I.F.), Lieut. J. C. (A.I.F.), Captain J. W. (A.I.F.), Dvr T.M.   (A.I.F.), Lurline, and Bruce, aged 30 years and 28 years. - "Thou shalt love with all thy strength".

 

Keefe, Selwyn Stebbings

Service Number T37317 Death Date 30/10/1942

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death

Burial Cressy Tasmania

Born Longford Tasmania to Arthur James and Amy Keefe, Selwyn Keefe was an electrician when he enlisted and was posted to AASC 123 General Transport Company.

He died in Tasmania from illness and was buried at Cressy Tasmania.  

The font cover in the Holy Trinity Church Cressy is dedicated to his memory.

Keep, Lionel Geoffrey

Service Number TX8384 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Killed in action

Cause of Death

Burial

The Mercury

Member of the Forces

KEEP. -In loving memory of our dear son and my daddy, Pte.Lionel G. Keep, killed in action, Timor, February 22, 1942. All he had lived for, All he had, he gave  

Inserted by his loving parents, Emily and Lloyd Keep, and his son, David.  

Kelly, James Bruce

Service Number TX5886 Death Date 25/05/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Members of the Forces

KELLY.-On May 5, 1942, Pte J. B (Jim) Kelly, at Timor, beloved son of Mr Denis Kelly and the late Mrs Kelly, of Waratah, and loved brother of Melville, Harold, Bill, Albert, Doug., Ray (AIF), Elsie, and Dorothy, in his 35th year.

 

Kelly, Terence Phillip

Service Number TX509 Death Date 7/10/1941

Place of Death Syria

Cause of Death

Burial Allepo British War Cemetery

Born Gormanston Tasmania to Phillip Louis and Rachel Kelly, Pte Kelly enlisted in the 2/12 AIF as a driver. 

The Mercury 7 Oct 1944

KELLY.-In loving memory of my dear brother, TX509, Dvr Terence Kelly (2-12th Batt. 2nd AIF), accidentally killed in Allepo on October 7, 1941. RIP. Inserted by his loving sister, Ruby.

Kemp, Ronald Nelson

Service Number TX2594 Death Date 15/06/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death Accidentally killed

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

KEMP.-On June 15, 1943. at POW Camp Thailand. Ronald Nelson, eldest son of the late Charles Nelson -Kemp and loving son of Mrs J. C. Meredith, and loving brother of Charlie and Marie, aged 27 years. RIP.

The Mercury 15 May 1944

Kennedy, Gilbert Glencairn

Service Number TX2796 Death Date 17/07/1943

Place of Death POW Kinsaike Thailand

Cause of Death cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 2 May 1919 163 George St Launceston to Charles Fergussone and Esme Carmina Kennedy (nee Virieux) 

He was a prisoner of war in Thailand when he contracted cholera and died on the 17th July 1943

 

Kestles, Herbert Arch Jeffrey

Service Number TX3095 Death Date 26/09/1941

Place of Death Middle East Egypt

Cause of Death

Burial Salum-Halfaya Cemetery

Kilby, Donald Richard Glenn

Service Number H/1689 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Born 2 Apr 1924 Launceston Tasmania to Harry Gordon and Katherine Ivy Kilby (nee Sheen) 

He was a Stoker 3rd Class on board HMAS Perth which was sunk in the Sunda Strait just north of Java.

 

Killworth, William Deldon

Service Number 408443 Death Date 8/07/1944

Place of Death North West Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Courgent France

Flt Sgt Killworth was the Air Gunner on Lancaster LM338 which took off from RAF Waddington on the night of 7th July to bomb storage sites at St Leu d’Esserent France.

Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base

After the war it was established that the aircraft crashed at Courgent.

All seven of the crew including Flt Sgt Killworth were killed and buried at Courgent Communal Cemetery.

Kincade, Harold Leslie

Service Number TX3724 Death Date 12/04/1942

Place of Death Torpedoed transport 

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial Galala War Cemetery

 

Kingshott, John W Winton

Service Number TX2609 Death Date 4/11/1945

Place of Death Repat Hospital

Cause of Death

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

KINGSHOTT. - Passed peacefully away on November 4, 1945, at Repatriation General Hospital, Hobart, John William Winton, dearly beloved husband of Sylvia Joyce Kingshott, of Hobart, and loved and loving daddy of Theresa, in his 42nd year

Late of 2/40th Battalion, A1F..

The Mercury 5 Nov 1945

 

Kingston, Donald Harold

Service Number TX2612 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Kingston Donald Harold.jpg (43440 bytes)

Donald Harold Kingston was born on the 10th Sept 1918 at Kellevie Tasmania the son of Francis (Frank) Kingston and Bertha nee Clifford.

He lost his life whilst on board the Tamahoko Maru which Sunk 24th June 1944 .

In this incident 74 Tasmanians lost their life. 

With the coastline of Japan in sight, one of the Japanese ships in a convoy with Prisoners of War on board, exploded after being torpedoed by the US submarine “USS Tang” in command of Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane  

The “Tamahoko Maru” which was closest to the torpedoed vessel was almost blown apart and water poured in through a hole in her side.  There were 80 men sleeping on top of the main hatch cover and not one of them survived.  

Hundreds of prisoners jumped into the sea as the “Tamahoko Maru” started to sink.  Some were later picked up by a Japanese whale chaser.  

The final count was that 560 POW’s had died.  Of the 267 Australians on board only 72 survived.  The following day, 212 survivors were brought into the harbour at Nagasaki to spend the rest of the war in the POW camp, Fukuoka 13 where many more lost their lives.

Many thanks to Rex Burdon for supplying the photo

Kirk, Brian Jack

Service Number TX4359 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death On board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Sgt, TX4359 AIF Rabaul Hvy Bty, Royal Australian Artillery died 1 July 1942 Age 23 Son of Albert Leslie and Margaret Eileen Kirk, of Hobart, Tasmania.  

Photo Courtesy Kate Kirk

KIRK.-TP4769 Sgt Jack Brian Kirk(Art.), Rabaul, beloved youngest son of Mr A. L. Kirk and the late Mrs M. E. Kirk, of 481 Macquarie St., Hobart, and loving brother of Lionel (Victoria), Audrey (Mrs D. Mangan), and Eileen (Mrs .C J. Kent), aged 23 years; believed lost at sea while prisoner of war, July, 1942. Requiescat in pace.

The Mercury 8 Nov 1945

Kirk, Roy William

Service Number T22574 Death Date 15/09/1942

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

MISSING MAN

Body Recovered From Dock

The body of Roy William Kirk (50), married, a private in the AMF and a returned soldier of the First World War, was recovered by a diver from Constitution Dock, Hobart, on Saturday. He had been missing from his home, 5 Harrington St. Deviation, since the previous Tuesday.

An inquest was held by the Coroner (Col Clark), when evidence of identification was given by Henry Hartford Parker, who said Kirk was his brother in-law.

Cpl Raymond Joseph Blades said Kirk had attended a military dinner on Tuesday night, at which 50 were present. Kirk and he left together at 9.30 pm, and parted at the corner of Liverpool and Campbell streets. Kirk, who was in his usual good spirits, said he was going home.

Dr John Alexander Oliphant said death was due to drowning. Col Clark returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence, adding there was not sufficient evidence to show how Kirk came to be in the water.

"Supt English represented the police.

The Mercury 21 Sep 1942 

Klausen John Schow

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death wounds

Burial Gaza British War Cemetery

Born Copenhagen Denmark to Peter Lauritz and Ada Maria Klausen but was married and living at Sorell Tasmania and working as an Insurance Agent when he enlisted in the AIF in Victoria.  He is commemorated in the Gaza British War Cemetery  

Tasmanian Casualty

According to a N.S.W. casualty list issued yesterday by Army Headquarters, NX 9773 Lance-Corporal J. S. Klausen (Infantry), of Sorell, Tasmania, has died of wounds.

 

Klye, Reginald

Service Number TX8123 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Knight, Charles Nathaniel

Service Number TX1749 Death Date 1/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Advice has been received by Mr and Mrs G. Knight, of Latrobe, that their son. Pte C. N. Knight, was killed in action in New Guinea on January 1.

The Mercury 19 Jan 1943

 

Photo by Kay Newman

KILLED IN ACTION

Pte. C. N. Knight, Latrobe

Mr. and Mrs. C. Knight, of Latrobe, received advice at the weekend that their youngest son, Pte. C. N. (.''Charlie") Knight (25) had been killed in action in New Guinea on New Year s Day. One of the first to enlist from the Latrobe district, Pte. Knight saw much service in the Middle East, amt was at Tobruk for nine months. He returned home on leave last year, and was married to Miss Betty Anne Coventry, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H Coventry, of Latrobe. On rejoining his unit, he was transferred to the Pacific zone.

Pte Knight was an outstanding athlete and rendered valuable service to the Latrobe Football Club for many years. He was also a Union representative player, and an ideal club man. As a star cyclist he will be remembered as finishing second in the Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer           Latrobe Wheel Race, in 1936. In the same year he was also second in the Burnie Wheel Race. Two years later he competed successfully at the Wangaratta cycling carnival, finishing third in the Wheel Race. On his return to the State he filled a similar position in the Devonport Wheel Race. A prominent boxer, he was undefeated in amateur ranks, and figured in exhibition bouts on the N.W. Coast. He was also a keen swimmer, cricketer and badminton player. He was a strong supporter of the Methodist Church.

As a mark of respect the Union Jack was flown at half-mast from the flag pole at the Memorial Reserve on Saturday, and yesterday the flags of the Latrobe Football and Bicycle Race Clubs were half-masted.

"A Friend" writes; "The war has claimed another bright young life. Charlie Knight, so well known on Coastal football fields and cycling tracks, has given his all. He was upright, cheerful, obliging - a good son, a good citizen and a good sport. No one who knew Charlie would expect to see him anywhere else than in the front line of attack where any fighting was to he done. He was ''as game as they make them." The saddest feature of war -is that it claims the lives of so many of his type. His passing will be mourned by his comrades in various sports, and by all who knew him and were thus able to appreciate his sterling character. May the realisation of the fact that he died the death of a hero act as a healing balm to his grief stricken relatives."

Advocate Burnie 18 Jan 1943

Knight, Donald Erskine

Service Number 2762 Death Date 13/12/1941

Place of Death Libya

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

knight donald erskine.jpg (164620 bytes)See also KNIGHT, LYN GEOFFREY REGINALD (brother) 

Born 8th March 1918 91 Elphin Road Launceston to Evelyn Vernon and Ina Beresford Knight (nee Martin) 

On the 14th Dec 1941 3 squadron tomahawks took off on a sweep over Martuba and met eight 109’s and 7 Stukas.  Two tomahawks were shot down – Donald Erskine Knight in Tomahawk 11B AN 285 was killed in this mission.

 

Knight, Lyn Geoffrey Reginald

Service Number 408.032 Death Date 2/02/1943

Place of Death Deniliquin NSW

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Deniliquin War Cemetery

Born 21st March 1915 Elphin Road Launceston Tasmania the son of Evelyn Vernon Knight and Ina Beresford Knight, of Newstead , Tasmania, Lyn Geoffrey Reginald Knight was head of the fur department for Wilcox Moflin before he enlisted. 

The Mercury 3rd March 1943

Member of the Forces

KNIGHT.-On February 2, 1943, F Officer Lyn Geoffrey Reginald, beloved husband of Betty, and loved son of Mr and Mrs E. V. Knight, Launceston.

Knight, Stanley Horace

Service Number TX3813 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

 

Knights, Walter William N

Service Number 330159 Death Date 27/11/1943

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Harrogate, Yorkshire

KILLED IN AIR CRASH

Flt-Sgt Air-Gnr Walter William Nelson Knights, son of Mr and Mrs W. H. Knights, of West Hobart, who was killed when the Lancaster bomber in which he was returning from a raid on Berlin on Nov. 27 crashed.

He was educated at the A. G. Ogilvie High School, and was formerly a member of the Memorial troop of Boy Scouts and of the Holy Trinity Church of England Fellowship. He enlisted in the RAAF as a clerk at the age of 18 years, and left Australia in October, 1942, as an air-gunner. He had his 21st birthday in England.

The Mercury 9 Dec 1943

Knowles, Gordon Murray

Service Number TX3698 Death Date 21/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Born 24 Mar 1917 Campbell Town Tasmania to John Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Knowles (nee Rapley) but living in Wilmot when he enlisted and was posted to the 2/40th Battalion.

He was killed in action in Timor on the 21st Feb 1942

Knowles, Reginald William

Service Number TX4821 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Krone, Henry

Service Number 413874 Death Date 15/03/1944

Place of Death North West Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

413874 WO Henry Krone was the bomb aimer on Lancaster ND 393 which took off from RAAF Binbrook on 15 Mar 1944 to bomb Stuttgart Germany.  Nothing was heard from the aircraft after takeoff and it failed to return to base.

To date no trace of the aircraft or crew has been found.

 

 

 

 

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