KEEFFE, Alexander Bruce Smith
(Service number 25/989)
|Aliases||Also as KEEFE. Alex.|
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||4 March 1893||Place of Birth||Burke's Pass, Canterbury|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||George James KEEFFE (brother), Kimbell, via Fairlie|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||3rd Battalion, C Company|
|Date||5 February 1916|
|Transport||Ulimaroa or Mokoia or Navua|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Returned to NZ on 15 December 1916 on the hospital ship Maheno, reaching Timaru by the express from Christchurch about a week later. Returned home in January 1917 with a wound in the arm.
|Date||17 July 1971||Age||78 yrs|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Geraldine Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Services Section, Row 505, Plot 8|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of James and Bridget Mary KEEFFE of Burkes Pass and who both died before the outbreak of war. Alexander was born in Alma Cottage at Burkes Pass -a cob cottage that still stands today. Brother of Edgar Joseph KEEFFE who was killed in action at Gallipoli. Brother George James KEEFFE was next-of-kin for both Alec and Edgar. Farewelled at a social evening with Songs and dances at Fairlie in late December 1915, as he and others were returning to camp. Welcomed home at a large social in the Public Hall in January 1917. Alexander married Catherine Sarah O'CONNOR, a sister of some of the O'Connor men from Fairlie district who served in WWI.
Cenotaph Database [13 April 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA) [14 April 2014]; Timaru Herald, 1 January 1916, 14 December 1916, 21 December 1916, 16 January 1917 (Papers Past) [14 April 2014]; TDC headstone image (Geraldine Cemetery) [14 April 2014]; SCRoll web submission from John McBeth, 22 April 2015
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