KEAY, David Smith Laing
(Service number 6/487)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||21 September 1891||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||11 August 1914||Age||22 yrs|
|Address at Enlistment||Theodocia Street, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John KEAY (father), Theodocia Street, Timaru|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 10 inches. Weight 138 lbs. Etes blue. Hair light brown. Small sar below eye. Lower false teeth except incisors and canines|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Embarked From||Lyttelton, Canterbury||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 2nd (South Xanterbury) Company|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star; 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||3 August 1917||Reason||No longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
March 1915 dysentery. March 1916 influenza. May 1916 ulcer. May 1916 invalided to England.
|Date||21 February 1959||Age||67 yrs|
|Place of Death||Dannevirke|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
David Smith Laing KEAY was the son of John and Christina Binnie (nee SMART) KEAY. His brother, Ernest James KEAY, also served in WWI. Prior to enlistment he was a clerk for C.F.C.A.Ltd. David was one of many keen and determined applicants at the Drill Shed on 11 August 1914. He was not one of those rejected, mostly for defects to the teeth and one or two on account of height; he passed the medical exanimation and was sworn in. The successful applicants were liable to be called up at any moment, and it was quite probable that they would leave Timaru in a matter of days for the central camp at Christchurch as part of the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment's quota.
Cenotaph Database [21 February 2014]; Timaru herald, 12 August 1914 (Papers Past) [01 September 2014]
No documents available.
Researched and Written by
Currently Assigned to
Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License unless otherwise stated.
Tell us more
Do you have information that could be added to this story? Or related images that you are happy to share? Submit them here!