James Francis AWMM
Also known as
WWII 451038 AWMM
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WW2 Pre 25 April 1905 AWMM Royal Mail Hotel, Woodstock, New Zealand AWMM
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WW2 Mrs C. Keenan AWMM
Pre 12 January 1944 AWMM Single AWMM
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Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
Suffered shrapnel wound which severed his right knee joint. He was treated initially at Senigalia and then transferred to 1 General Hospital, Bari. AWMM
28 January 2014 AWMM
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James Francis Keenan
James (Jim, Jimmy) Francis Keenan was a beloved husband to Aileen Veronica Nee Brosnahan and father to John, Marieann, Stephen, Rosemary, Sharron, Mark and Michelle. He was a doting Grandfather to Anoushka, Nick, Matthew, James, Luke, Mara, Logan, Connor, Brianna, Brydie, Shaeleigh, Kaitlin and Keiran. A Great Grandfather to Lily, Fergus and Oscar (The latter posthumously) His grandson James is soon to be a father.
Our Dad lies with Mum in the Hokitika RSA cemetery and their gravesite is visited and tended to lovingly by our family.
He was a kind and generous family man and very involved in our local community. His great loves were his family, his church, the community, conservation and sport; particularly horse racing. He had shrapnel in his knee from WW2 that he would say reminded him of those less fortunate than himself who didn’t return home to New Zealand.
We miss him every day.
- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
- Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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