Peter Denis KIERSE

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KIERSE, Peter Denis

Service Number: 417643
Enlisted: 20 June 1942
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala
Born: Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 3 June 1923
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Rosary School Prospect; Rostrevor College, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Fell from truck, fatal injuries, Mallala, South Australia, Mallala, South Australia, Australia, 2 March 1943, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Mallala (Feltwell) War Cemetery, S.A.
Plot B, Row D, Grave 7. , Mallala War Cemetery, Mallala, South Australia, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rostrevor College WW2 Memorial Plaques
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World War 2 Service

20 Jun 1942: Involvement SN 417643
20 Jun 1942: Enlisted Adelaide
20 Jun 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 417643
2 Mar 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 417643, No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Leading Aircraftman Peter Denis Kierse 417643 of 6 Service Flying Training School was killed in a fall from a service vehicle 

Son of Michael Joseph and Edith Sophia Victoria Kierse of Prospect

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

L.A.C. Peter Denis Kierse, whose death occurred as a result of a motor transport accident on the 2nd inst., was the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Kierse, of Clifton Street, Prospect. He was 19 years of age at the time of his death and received his education at Rosary School, Prospect, and later at Rostrevor College, where the news of his death was  received with deep sorrow and with the tribute of the prayers and Holy Communions of the staff and students who assisted at Mass offered for the repose of his soul. To his  bereaved parents and friends sympathy is extended. May his soul rest in peace.

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Not all deaths were aircraft related -

On 2nd of March 1943, 417643 Leading Aircraftman Peter Denis Kierse, 19 years of age, was detailed to proceed with other airmen to a sandpit about four miles away, for the purpose of obtaining sand for work being carried out at the unit. They were travelling in the open back of a three ton tender. While travelling along Owen Road, the truck moved from the left hand side of the road to the centre and passed over a rise, giving a sharp jolt and causing LAC Kierse to lose balance. He fell from the truck and was fatally injured.

In 1943 the government designated an area of the Mallala Cemetery as a War Graves site, after which time, deceased servicemen were buried there, the graves are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Lest we forget. Submitted by Julianne T Ryan. 15/11/2020.

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