O'KEEFFE, John Joseph
(Service number N/N)

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Date 10 May 1871 Place of Birth Dublin, Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date 6 January 1915 Age 43 years 7 months
Address at Enlistment Jacksons Hotel, Dowling Street (Dunedin?)
Occupation Accountant
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 160 lbs. Chest measurement 34-37½ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes hazel. Hair dark. Sight - 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 - upper artificial, lower good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Has not had serious illness. Has not had fits. Fit.

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Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Date 13 February 1915 Reason Medically unfit.

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Biographical Notes

John Joseph O'Keeffe was born on 10 May 1871 in Dublin, Ireland, the son of John and Margaret O'Keeffe. He may well have been born on 10 May 1865. John married Catherine (Kate) Ryan on 22 September 1897 at St Michael's, Dun Laoghaire, Kingstown, Dublin, Ireland. Their daughter, Kathleen, was born on 22 September 1901 at Booterstown, Dublin, in Ireland. There was also a son, James or John Henry born on 10 September 1898 at Booterstown, and at home with his parents in 1901. In 1901 John and Kate were residing at Booterstown, Dublin, where John was an accountant. With them was John's mother Maragret. When john enlisted with the New Zealand forces, he was an accountant for the Shaw Savil Company at Timaru. John signed up on 6 January 1915 for the Samoan Relief Force Reinforcements. His next-of-kin was his wife Catherine, who at this time was living in Massachusetts, USA. Just 34 days later he was discharged as medically unfit, and his kit was returned.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0088115) [13 September 2016],

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