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Robert McKeich

Portrait, Robert McKeich in uniform, cap - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Robert McKeich in uniform, cap - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    McKeich AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    McKeith AWMM
  • Service number
    • South African N/N AWMM
    • South African 6825 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 1 March 1902 AWMM Whitehaven Street, Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Emily Harriet McKeich (wife), Whitehaven Street, Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 12 March 1902 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 5 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    South Africa 1 March 1902 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Age 47 AWMM
    Butcher/Civilian Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 9 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone 10 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Lieutenant McKeich was the last New Zealander to die in the Anglo-Boer War. He was out on a shooting expedition to shoot springbok when he was shot by Boer soldiers who did not know the war was over.

    Father, Robert McKeich (N/N 6825) and son, Walter Ernest McKeich (9538) served in the Anglo-Boer War.

    Originally buried at the English Cemetery where the Vaaland and Klip rivers meet and later moved to the Maccauvlei Cemetery.

    Name mis-spelled as Robert McKeith on the AWMM memorial.

    Manuscript "Boer War Diary: Lieutenant Robert McKeich... transcribed from the original document by ...W.E. McKeich" Unpublished 1997 on file and held by Lawrence Museum, Central Otago. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Garden of Remembrance, Maccauvlei Golf Club, Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa AWMM
    • Vereenging Coal Mine S/A AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Otago, South African (Boer) War Memorial, Dunedin Oval, Dunedin AWMM
    • Lawrence and Districts War Memorial, Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
    • War Memorial, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902 AWMM
    • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • I would like to speak to Freya Mckeich she is my best friend and I think that she likes that someone has made this about her great great great great uncle
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