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James Alexander McKee

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Zeerust Cup, front (Auckland War Memorial Museum 0337) - No known copyright restrictions - No known copyright restrictions

Zeerust Cup, front (Auckland War Memorial Museum 0337) - No known copyright restrictions - No known …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    McKee AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • South African 2385 AWMM
    • South African 7078 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 June 1879 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 27 March 1900 AWMM Karangahake, Waihi, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 25 February 1902 AWMM Te Aroha, Thames Valley, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Agnes McKee, Te Aroha, Thames Valley, New Zealand AWMM
    • John McKee (father), Te Aroha, Thames Valley, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Training and 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 foot 7 inches AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Movements: Ottoshoop 16-20/8/1900 [action] en route to Zeerust

    Movements: Kaffir Kraal 24/10/1900 [action]

    Movements: Venetersdoorp : 28/12/1900 - 23/1/1901

    Movements: Cyferfontein : Jan 1901-6/3/1901

    Movements: Ventersdorp

    Movements: Wildfontein 24/3/1901 [action]

    Member of the The Zeerust Cup Match, won by the “Right Section New Zealand Battery” in May 1901 while on active service in South Africa, was possibly New Zealand’s first representative rugby league match. A letter presented with the trophy noted that it was a token of friendship intended to remind the team of the happy days passed amongst the Zeerust folks.

    The Zeerust Cup, a silver cup, is held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum and was loaned to the Rugby Museum, Palmerston North c2011.

    Returned to NZ Left South Africa on 12/6/1901 aboard SS Tagus (with 4th Contingent).

    Joined 9 Contingent , G Squadron with the rank of Saddler-Sergeant (service number 7078). 5th Contingent in South Africa: Arrival South Africa. Volunteers from No 11 Company (Auckland) became 1st NZ Battery, Rhodesian Field Artillery. Rest of contingent were re-organised into A, B, C & D Squadrons in South Africa. C Squadron split from the rest & joined the Kimberley flying column, based in Kimberley. A, B & D Squadrons joined the 2nd Brigade Rhodesian Field Force on 14/8/1900.

    Photo: Te Awamutu Museum ref: 516 / R23:5 of the 1st New Zealand 15-pounder Field Artillery Football Team, 1902

    Father was named John Mckee. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    16 January 1952 Noel Smith Research Project
    Age 73 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Oamaru Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
    • Hall, D.O.W. (c1949). The New Zealanders in South Africa 1899-1902. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM

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