World War II letters and cards, Howard Kippenberger

Dear Maurice & Jimmy : Image 1 of 2

Image of Dear Maurice & Jimmy 22/6/40

  • Title Dear Maurice & Jimmy
  • Creator Howard Kippenberger
  • Date 22/6/40
  • Image 1 of 2
  • Notes Letter summary: 752/3. 22 June 1940. Letter to Maurice & Jimmy, tells of enclosing above letter. Things are slower than expected although seemed to be warming up. Appreciate kindness both have displayed to Ruth and the kiddies. Feeling lonely and could easily go and get "tight" but shouldn't leave at present. Normally too busy to notice the loneliness. Everyone working hard - no slackness and everyone seems happy together. "It is a credit to the old Territorial army that even after nearly nine months service the most junior Territorial officer is still definitely better than the post war appointees." Letter interrupted by air raid warning sirens. False alarm. Sunday; "French have agreed to German terms. One feels rather stunned." Mentions Ruth and pass Love to Tollie & John
  • Source Archive 752
  • Parent Collection World War II letters and cards, 1940-1945.
  • Parent Collection Description Howard Karl Kippenberger (1897-1957) was born in Ladbrooks, south of Christchurch. In 1916 he served at the Somme, where he was wounded and discharged. He trained as a lawyer, practising in Rangiora. In 1922 he married Ruth Isabel Flynn in Lyttelton. In 1939 at the outbreak of war he was given command of the 20th Canterbury/Otago Battalion. As these letters show, he served in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, rising to the rank of Major General. In Italy he stood on a land mine, losing both his feet. He became an administrator, in charge of the relocation of prisoners of war. Back home in New Zealand after the war he was appointed Editor-in-chief of the War History Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs. Service numbers: WWI 11682, WWII 7128.
  • Collection Location ANZC Archives
  • File Reference CCL-C81111945-011

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