Remembering Today 1/7/42 Major:Thomas Paul Kneen,NX65838,Australian Infantry A.I.F. 2/5 Indep. Coy.

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    KNEEN, THOMAS PAUL
    Rank:
    Major
    Service No:
    NX65838
    Date of Death:
    01/07/1942
    Age:
    28
    Regiment/Service:
    Australian Infantry
    A.I.F. 2/5 Indep. Coy.
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 2.
    Memorial:
    LAE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Edwyn Corlett Kneen and Cecil Maud Kneen, of Douglas, Isle of Man.
    Casualty Details
     
  2. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    1941 - Pacific Islands: New Caledonia, Noumea, Ouen Toro

    An informal portrait of three members of Robin Force beside one the two six inch heavy coastal artillery guns in a battery recently completed at Ouen Toro, a position overlooking Noumea. Lieutenant ... -

    An informal portrait of three members of Robin Force beside one the two six inch heavy coastal artillery guns in a battery recently completed at Ouen Toro, a position overlooking Noumea. Lieutenant Robert Gabriel NX19753 Greene is central looking directly at the camera behind Lieutenant Greene is an unidentified soldier.

    NX65838 (N79665) Thomas Paul (Paul) Kneen, Runner and Batman to NX71033 Captain (Capt) Charles Harris Arnell Carty-Salmon, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA), sits astride the barrel of one of the two guns that were part of the reinforcements sent by the Australian War Cabinet to bolster the Free French forces defending New Caledonia.

    Robin Force consisted mainly of the 3rd Independent (Commando) Company, but also included an artillery component commanded by Capt Carty-Salmon, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA). The gunners and supporting engineers arrived at Noumea on 21 July 1941 and commenced work on the two gun positions. Capt Carty-Salmon's team quickly constructed the gun emplacements, assembled the guns with support from local labour and trained the Free French Militia in their use.
     
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  3. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    "Runner & Batman" (so probably a Private or Lance-Corporal) in mid 1941

    KIA as a Major barely 12 months later


    Impressive, even by wartime standards.
     
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