KEEFFE, Edgar Joseph
(Service number 7/857)

Aliases Also as KEEFE
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 10 October 1888 Place of Birth Burke's Pass, Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 17 December 1914 Age 26 yrs 2 mths
Address at Enlistment Kimbell, Fairlie
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin George KEEFE (brother), Kimbell, Fairlie
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 4 inches. Weight 140 lbs. Chest 32-35 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision and teeth all good. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 3rd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 14 February 1915
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt (26 March 1915)
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 August 1915 Age 26 yrs
Place of Death Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Hill 60 (New Zealand) Memorial, Hill 60 Cemetery, Turkey
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Fairlie War Memorial (E. Keeffe)

Biographical Notes

Son of James and Bridget Mary KEEFFE, of Burkes Pass and who had both died before the outbreak of war. His brother Alexander Bruce Smith KEEFFE also served in WWI. Brother George James KEEFFE was next-of-kin for both Alec and Edgar. Brothers George James and Alfred John were both in the WWI Reserves.. Edgar was first reported as Missing, then as result of Court of Enquiry he was reported on 19 January 1916 as Killed in Action. Edgar was one of two men originating from the Fairlie district to suffer the same fate in the same battle on the same dates, the other being Ringin Ballantyne. His medals, plaque and scroll were all sent to his brother George at Kimbell. Edgar was well known and much respected in the Mackenzie Country.


Cenotaph Database [13 April 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5541 0062918) [04 May 2014]; CWGC [14 April]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA) [14 April 2014]; Timaru Herald, 21 September 1915 [x 2], 21 January 1916, Ashburton Guardian, 21 September 1915, Oamaru Mail, 21 January 1916, Otago Daily Times, 21 January 1916 (Papers Past) [05 May 2014; 06 May 2014]; SCRoll web submission from M Konings, 30 January 2015; McLeod, J D (Sergeant), fl 1915-1917. McLeod, John Duncan, 1887-1938 : First World War diary. Ref: MS-Papers-1382. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

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