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Walter James Keith

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter James AWMM
  • Surname
    Keith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Snow AWMM
  • Service number
    65029 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 January 1918 AWMM WaerengaWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Island Block, Te Kauwhata, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Island Block, Te Kauwhata, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr J.W. Keith (father), Island Block, Te Kauwhata, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mr J.W. Keith (father), Island Block, Te Kauwhata, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 20 May 1941 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    HuntlyWaikato AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 5 .5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      blue AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      light brown AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Myocardial Infarction AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John Waters Keith Alice Mary Keith (nee Jefferis), of Te Kauwhata

    Farming family. Walter was a second generation New Zealander. He had 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

    Two sons, brothers served in WW2 Walter James Keith (65029) and youngest brother Ralph (Peter) (620198) died during active service 14th May 1944 in Cassino.

    Walter enjoyed wood chopping competions during time in Pacific.

    Returning to the farm after the war, he married in 1949 Gabrielle Bloy, they had three children, 1 daughter Jennifer and 2 sons John and Peter. He lived in Waerenga until retiring in 1980 to Pukekohe, farming sheep and dairy. When he retired he bred a Hereford stud.

    He enjoyed Rugby as a player and also coached school boy teams. He also belonged to community groups and joined the Lions when it started in Te Kauwhata.

    Deafness after war was a handicap for him. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    3 November 1993 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
    TuakauSouth Auckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: new Zealand Herald, 4 November 1993 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 188 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 214 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: new Zealand Herald, 4 November 1993 AWMM
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