KEANE, Daniel Jeremiah
(Service number 2/2454)

First Rank Gunner Last Rank Sergeant


Date 12 November 1889 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 25 August 1915 Age 25 years 9 months
Address at Enlistment King Street, Waimate
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Johanna KEANE (mother), King Street, Waimate
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 10 stone 7 lbs. Chest measurement 32½-35½ inches. Complexion medium. Eyes blue. Hair dark brown. Sight normal - both eyes 6/6. hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Varicocele - small left. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. Remarks - Perfectly healthy. A very small left varicocele is his only defect which has never given any trouble. In my opinion he is 'fit'.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 8th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Field Artillery
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Field Artillery

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force; Western Euroopean
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; 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 22 June 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 17 March 1953 Age 63 years
Place of Death Wellington
Memorial or Cemetery Karori Cemetery, Wellington
Memorial Reference Soldiers Section, Plot 9 C/4
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Daniel Jeremiah Keane was born at Waimate on 12 November 1889. He was the son of Daniel Keane and his second wife Johanna (nee Carrol) of Manse St, Waimate, previously from Kerry, Ireland. Daniel was baptised on 17 November 1889 at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Waimate.

Daniel was a railway clerk, residing in King St, Waimate when he joined up on 25 August 1915. He was described as 5ft 7in tall, of dark complexion with blue eyes and dark brown hair, Roman Catholic, and single. He was attested as a gunner in the NZ Field Artillery, embarking at Wellington on 13 November 1915, bound for Egypt. He served both in Egypt and on the Western Front, attaining he rank of sergeant. Daniel Keane was discharged on 22 June 1919 having served 3 years and 302 days. He was awarded the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914/15 Star.

At the ned of the war, tragedy struck Daniel's family - his oldest brother died in 1918 during the influenza epidemic. A few years later a happier momnet came when Daniel married Isabel Mary Eriksen in 1921. Later the 1928 electoral roll shows him living in Wellington at 3 Arthur St, his occupation listed as clerk. Daniel joined up again during the Second World War, on 7 November 1940, at that time living at 6 Carrington St, Wellington, a clerk for the Labourer’s Union. His next of kin that time was his wife Isabel Mary Keane and he stated he had one dependant child. He was 51 years old.

Daniel Keane died 19 March 1953 and is buried at Karori Cemetery, Wellington.


Cenotaph Database [24 november 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5922 0357756) [21 July 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5968 0442446) [21 July 2016]; Karori Cemetery, Wellington, headstone image (Wellington City Council) [2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [27 November 2014]; Sun, 30 April 1919, Timaru Herald, 5 May 1919, Evening Post, 19 June 1936, 9 October 1936, 16 April 19386 September 1940, Auckland Star, 14 November 1941 (Papers Past) [03 October 2015]; Christchurch Catholic Diocese Baptisms Index CD (held by South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [18 October 2015]

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