Keith Michael KINGSTON-POWLES

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KINGSTON-POWLES, Keith Michael

Service Number: 56226
Enlisted: 13 May 1971
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
Born: London, England, 31 August 1947
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in Action, South Vietnam, 21 September 1971, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Woongarra Crematorium, Townsville, Qld
Wall H - Row H - Niche 11
Memorials: 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - Holsworthy Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place
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Vietnam War Service

13 May 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 56226, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
13 May 1971: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 56226
13 May 1971: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 56226
21 Sep 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 56226, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR), Operation Ivanhoe
21 Sep 1971: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 56226

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Private Keith Kingston-Powles, aged 24, originally from Poplar, England, was a carpenter prior to enlisting in the Australian Regular Amy. He was posted to 4RAR and sailed with the Battalion to South Vietnam in May 1971. During Operation IVANHOE in Phuoc Tuy Province, on 21st September 1971, D Company was assaulting a heavily defended enemy bunker system during the battle of Nui Le. 11 Platoon was moving forward in the assault with 6 Section on the left flank when the section was hit by heavy, sustained automatic fire from several mutually supporting bunkers. After the initial burst of enemy fire, Keith returned fire with his machine gun and fired approximately fifty rounds but was killed a few moments later. A great guy who just happened to be the last Australian soldier to be Killed in Action just as they were to return home." - SOURCE (www.findagrave.com)

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