(Service number 68541)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank|
|Date||25 May 1894||Place of Birth||Waimate|
|Date||14 September 1917||Age||23|
|Address at Enlistment||Waihaorunga, Waimate|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Cornelius McKee (brother), Waihaorunga, Waimate, New Zealand|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||36th Reinforcements Mounted Rifles Brigade|
|Date||21 February 1918|
|Transport||Moeraki then Transhipped to "Ormonde" at Sydney for Suez|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||11 July 1919||Reason||Invalided|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Suffered measles, then Malaria. Sent home on the "Kaikoura" on 6 March 1919
|Date||18 March 1985||Age||90|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Ruru Lawn|
|Memorial Reference||Blk 10 plot 172|
|New Zealand Memorials||St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015)|
Bernard was the son of Owen Francis and Margaret McKee. He was one of nine children. Several brothers, namely Joseph Francis, Gregory, Cornelius Patrick, and Owen James Francis McKee also called to serve in the war.
After the war Bernard married Mary Murray Alice Beck 1929.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (May 2015); Archives New Zealand; New Zealand BDM Historical Records online Christchurch City Cemetery records
No documents available.
Researched and Written by
Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum); Liz Shea, SC branch NZSG
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