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David Steele Keay

Portrait (photo supplied by R Beddows) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait (photo supplied by R Beddows) - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    David Steele AWMM
  • Surname
    Keay AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 26/831 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 October 1915 AWMM C/o Post Office, Herekino, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William Robert Keay (father), C/o Post-office, Herekino, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 February 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 6 October 1915 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Carpenter/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 feet 11 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      12 stone 4 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Sandy AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • David Keay was the son of William Robert amd Ellen Keay (nee Steele), of Herekino, Northland

    His parents lived and farmed on the Herekino Harbour property called "Sedgley", a 1000 acres sheep farm.

    David's father received letters from officers, friends, after the death of his son but unfortunately they have not survived. However, his father was a man of many letters and in these he noted that one officer praised his son for his intelligence and fearlessness (of course this must have been written of many thousands of NZ casualties).

    One story that remains is how David was employed as a sniper on many occasions while in the trenches at Armentieres. He was an excellent marksman but one day, when about to fire on an enemy soldier, David's rifle stock was hit and shattered by a return bullet. He was not injured but the "little rifle was made useless".

    Two brothers served in WW1, David Keay (26/831)] and William Keay (25717) both were killed.

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives David Keay's parents as living at "Windridge", Glenfield. They moved there in the early 1920's.

    Named incorrectly listed as David Sedgley Keay on the Herekino War Memorial AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers, Somme, France AWMM II. G. 1. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Casualty list: Northern Advocate, Whangarei, Monday 16th October 1916, 428th Casualty list. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Herekino War Memorial, Kaitaia-Awaroa Road, Northland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      24: 20 AWMM
    • Northern Advocate AWMM
      Casualty list: Northern Advocate, Whangarei, Monday 16th October 1916, 428th Casualty list. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM

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