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

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin George James KEEFFE (brother), Kimbell, via Fairlie
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

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.

Post-war Occupations


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

Biographical Notes

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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