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Alfred John O'Keeffe

Portrait of Alfred John O'Keeffe (25120 614994) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait of Alfred John O'Keeffe (25120 614994) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alfred John AWMM
  • Surname
    O'Keeffe AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Whanga AWMM
  • Service number
    • 25120 AWMM
    • 614994 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 February 1895 AWMM WhangamomonaTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Lily O'Keeffe (mother), Kohuratahi, via Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 June 1916 AWMM Single 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
    • Trentham Camp AWMM
    • Featherston Camp AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 7 February 1916 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Fencer/Civilian 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8 inches AWMM
    • Wounds , Diseases, Unknown Period AWMM
      1916 enteritis AWMM
    • Wounds , Diseases, Unknown Period AWMM
      51st General Hospital, Dec-Jan 1917 AWMM
    • Wounds , Diseases, Unknown Period AWMM
      10th Field Hospital and 8th General Hospital, October 1917 AWMM
    • Wounds , Diseases, Unknown Period AWMM
      3rd New Zealand General Hospital, July 1918 AWMM
    • Wounds , Diseases, Unknown Period AWMM
      Wounded, Passchendaele, GSW right hand, amputated little finger and 4th finger injury AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Raised on a remote pioneering farm near Whangamomona.

    Received 10 days field punishment for obscene language and failing to obey an order.

    Sailed for France 1 November 1916

    Posted No 1 Company, NZ Machine Gun Company

    10 January 1917 Marched into Etaples Camp

    21 January 1917 Marched into Camuso Camp

    8 March 1917 Posted to Field with No. 1 Company NZ Machine Company. Third Battle of Ypres commences. New Zealanders participate in major battles at Menin Road Ridge, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele

    Promoted to Lance Corporal

    Wounded in action in Battle at Passchendaele

    Evacuated to England for treatment

    13 February 1918 leave in England

    Classified unfit for active service by the Medical Board of the NZ Army

    Trained New Zealand machine gunners within training depot's located in England

    July 1918 sick

    Embarked for New Zealand HMNZT Ulimaroa at Plymouth 7 November 1918

    During WW2 he taught machine gunners their trade in New Zealand

    He was an excellent shot winning rifle shooting competitions up into his 80's. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 June 1985 AWMM
    WhanganuiManawatu-Wanganui 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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  • External links
  • References
    • Auckland Museum Armoury Resource Centre, Biographical vertical file AWMM
      Military Service Record papers (papers from a Service Record eg Record of Promotions, Reductions, Transfers etc) AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      34: 33 AWMM

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