World War II letters and cards, Howard Kippenberger

My dear May [Kent] : Image 3 of 3

Image of My dear May [Kent] Feb. 18. 1945

  • Title My dear May [Kent]
  • Creator Ruth Kippenberger
  • Date Feb. 18. 1945
  • Image 3 of 3
  • Notes Letter summary: 752/14. 18 Feb 1945. Letter to May from Ruth Kippenberger (Harold's wife). Details life with Kip in Kent England. Mentions being very busy and How Howard has made many friends, but that she is very homesick. Mentions how busy life is but that the continuity of it is boring. Talks of trying to get their house in order. Is worried about Howard as he gets very tired. The People are marvellous. Misses Mary & Jeremy [children?]. Sends love to family and friends and mentions looking forward to living in Dover as although badly bombed people are very cheerful.
  • 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-C81111945-052

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