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James Francis Keenan

James Francis Keenan - This image may be subject to copyright

James Francis Keenan - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Keenan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Para AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 451038 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Burnham Camp (1942); Waterlea Park - Showgrounds - The Delta AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1942 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Power house operator/Civilian AWMM
    HokitikaWestland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • When Corporal Keenan arrived in Egypt he went to Maadi Camp. Subsequently he was involved in the Italian Campaign from Cassino to the Rubicon River.

    In 1990 he was awarded the QSO for service to the community-service to conservation. He received the New Zealand Commemoration Medal and sherved as a JP. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    28 January 2014 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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  • 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.



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
      p.65 AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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