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Owen James Francis McKee



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Owen James Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    McKee AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Owen Joseph Francis McKee AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 24076 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 November 1882 AWMM WaimateBay of Islands AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Waimate, Canterbury. Public - Caroline - Other relative - 10 January 2023 - Family oral history
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Owen McKee (father) Waihaorunga AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Civilian AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 24076 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW1 26 July 1918 AWMM Yardman/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Conscientious objector: Sentenced to 11 months. Notes: Labelled a 'fanatical socialist'

    One of nine children of Owen Francis and Margaret McKee. Owen (junior) had four brothers who were also called to serve: Joseph Benedict Francis (b.1896), Bernard (b.1894), Cornelius, and Gregory (b.1895) - all survived the war.

    Owen's name was balloted for service in June 1917, but refused to take a medical test. He was court martialled on 8 June 1917 in Christchurch. Once again he refused a medical due to his belief that the ballot was unlawful, and was sentenced to 11 months prison. He was released from Lyttelton Gaol on 16 February 1918 and was sent for another medical on 24 July 1918. This time he agreed to take the medical, but was classed C2. A letter from the examining officer stated that he was unfit for service and, even if classed fit, was probably not worth the trouble sending to camp as he was a "Socialist" and probably would not obey orders. He was sent back to work his farm.

    Frequent references to Owen appear in the newspapers as a union organiser and a prolific letter writer to newspapers, especially the Truth.In September 1926 he was arrested for the murder of Duval Earle England. He died in Christchurch in 1968 and is buried with his parents.

    His name is recorded on St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 April 1968 AWMM
    Age 80 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch AWMM
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10 January 2023CarolinePrebbletonOther relative

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