McKEE, Joseph Francis
(Service number 48991)

Aliases Joseph Benedict Francs
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Sergeant


Date 5 July 1896 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 5 January 1917 Age 20
Address at Enlistment Waihaorunga, Waimate
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Owen McKee (father), Waihaorunga, Waihao Downs, New Zealand
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 28th Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles
Date 7 June 1917
Transport Westralia
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Didn't serve in any campaigns due to illness
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 18 May 1919 Reason No longer physically fit

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Rejected as unfit due to eyesight. Returned to New Zealand with debility on 15 January 1919.

Post-war Occupations


Date 26 July 1977 Age 81
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Waimari Cemetery
Memorial Reference Lawn Plot 644
New Zealand Memorials St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015)

Biographical Notes

Joseph was the son of Owen Francis and Margaret McKee. He was one of nine children. Several brothers, namely Bernard, Gregory, Cornelius Patrick, and Owen James Francis McKee also called to serve in the war.

After the war Joseph married Muriel Wardrop Russell 1927


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (May 2015); Archives New Zealand; New Zealand BDM Historical Records online Christchurch City Cemetery records

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Researched and Written by

Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum); Liz Shea, SC branch NZSG

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