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Full Name: John Kevern
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): John
Surname: Kevern
Also Known As: Jock
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 80723
Gender: Male
Other Units: 20 Armoured Regiment
Campaigns: Italy
Place of Death: Florence, Italy
Date of Death: 3 August 1944
Age at Death: 32
Year of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Florence War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: VII. A. 10.
Biographical Notes: John Kevern was the son of John and Florence Kevern, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
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  • John Kevern
  • Tank : Left to right "Yogo" Ashwell, Dick Bryce, Morrie Hiscock, Jack Matheson, Owen Chatterton with tank in Italy
  • Image 3 : Back left to right Frank Mathias, Jack Dawkins, Jock Kevern ; Front left to right Owen Chatterton & Pat McGrath with tank in Italy.
  • Image 4 : Left to right Jock Kevern, Jack Matheson, Doug Anderson, Owen Chatterton & Jan Park at Casamicciola on the Island of Ischia, Italy.
  • Image 5 : Caption " Look for hole caused by shell which killed Owen Chatterton. Jock Kevern, Clive Lane & Frank Matthias were shot when they got out of tank"
Additional Information:
  • To Florence... 'This was the enemy's last real stand before the Arno, and when the advance was resumed the next morning (4 August two burnt-out Tiger Tanks, still smouldering were found just past the end of the sunken road. The more optimistic in the regiment claimed that their HE fire had knocked them out, a claim which greatly heartened 6 Troop at the time but which now seems hardly likely. The squadron commander, Major Clapham, thinks that they were probably brewed up by the artillery, the most likely possibility; Heptinstall himself, who was given some credit for the success at the time and has most to lose, says that' it is my personal belief that the Jerries brewed them up as they probably did not have enough petrol to move them back beyond Arno.'
  • These tanks had been the core of the enemy's opposition during the fighting of the last three days and their elimination, no matter who was responsible, virtually meant the end of the battle south of the Arno. Heptinstall won the MC for his outstanding ability and courage in this action, and others shared the credit with him :Sergeant-Major Reid, as aggressive as ever ('if there was anything Jack Reid liked more than a scrap it was another scrap'); Corporal Newman ('the magnificent, aggressive cool soldier as he always was'); the four men killed - Harold Chatterton, Frank Mathias, Clive Lane, and John Kevern.' from Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45 : 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment' by D.J.C. Pringle & W.A. Glue
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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