KEITH, James
(Service number 58543)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 4 March 1885 Place of Birth Halkirk, Caithness, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Bluecliffs, St Andrews
Occupation Ploughman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs James KEITH (mother), Thurso, Caithness-shire, Scotland
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 30th Reinforcements, F Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic 
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Gunshot wound to left hand

Post-war Occupations



Date 16 September 1946 Age 61 years
Place of Death Ashburton
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area RSA 156, Plot 19
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Keith was the eldest son of James and Christina (née McKenzie) Keith. He was at home with his family at Halkirk, Caithness, in 1891 and 1901. On 25 June 1917, he left with men from the South Canterbury military district for camp. His younger brother, John George Keith Keith, who served with the Highland Light Infantry, was killed in action in 1917 at Ypres, Belgium.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 October 2019]; Ashburton Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Ashburton District Council) [25 October 2019]; Timaru Herald, 25 June 1917 (Papers Past) [15 May 2014]

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