Topic: Kenneth Weston Papps (1912-1942)

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Bay of Plenty Times linotype operator Kenneth Weston Papps was taken Prisoner of War but died when the ship he was being transported aboard was torpedoed by British submarine 'HMS Turbulent'.

Kenneth Weston Papps (1912-1942)Kenneth Weston Papps was born in Christchurch on 19 March 1912. His parents were Herbert Weston and Hilda Mary Papps (nee Ashley) who married in Greymouth on 23 July 1908.

On leaving Tauranga District High School he worked as a linotype operator for the Bay of Plenty Times.

He was shot during action. After recovering he was in a ction at the battle for Sid Rezegh. 

He was captured along with 12 officers and 139 other ranking personnel in the battle at El Alamein.

On 17 August 1942, whilst being transported by sea between North Africa and Italy, the prisoners ship 'SS Nino Bixio' was deliberately torpedoed by British submarine 'HMS Turbulent'118 New Zealand prisoners of war died.

'His family were kept under the misapprehension by the Italian authorities, for almost a year, that he was alive in a prison camp, even to the extent of accepting food parcels and mail during that time' (Familytreemaker)

Kenneth is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).



Attack on the Nino Bixio (New Zealand History)

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand)

Cenotaph Database


Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).


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Kenneth Weston Papps (1912-1942)

Note:Service Number: 30918
First Names:Kenneth Weston
Last Name:Papps
Date of Birth:19 March 1912
Place of Birth:Christchurch
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:17 August 1942
Place of death:At sea, lost in the SS Nino Bixio
Occupation:Linotype operator
Fathers name:Herbert Weston Papps
Fathers date of birth:26 April 1883
Fathers place of birth:Christchurch, New Zealand
Fathers date of death:1941
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Hilda Mary Ashley
Mothers date of birth:1883
Mothers date of death:25 April 1964
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Name of sibilings:Annette Evelyn Papps, Aphra Winifred Papps , Nancy May Papps, Dorothy Ashley Papps, Mary McMillan Papps, and Hilda Marie Papps
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)

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