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Louis John McKechnie

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Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2011) - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Louis John AWMM
  • Surname
    McKechnie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2692 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 6 April 1900 AWMM Spit, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Louis McKechnie (father), Spit, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 31 March 1900 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    2692 AWMM
  • Military service
    Napier Navals, Gunner 12 months AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    South Africa 6 April 1900 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone 6 pounds AWMM
    • Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
      Enteric fever AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Louis McKechnie and Sarah Ann McKechnie.

    Louis is described as the financial mainstay of his family and the family felt his death keenly. Louis senior, his father died a short time later and his mother successfully applied for a pension of 26 pounds per annum.

    His medal is held by Hawkes Bay Museum. Before World War I, enteric fever, or typhoid fever, was the scourge of armies, and in the Anglo-Boer War killed more soldiers than enemy action. It is caused by a bacteria entering the body via contaminated food or water. Early symptoms include high fever, headaches and lassitude. Follicles along the intestinal walls later become inflamed, often leading to perforation and hemorrhaging. Other complications include gall bladder, pneumonia or heart failure.

    At the time of the Boer War, there were no antibiotic remedies for the disease. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    23 July 1901 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Northern Cemetery, Lovelock Avenue, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 24 July 1901 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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Sources

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