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Henry Richard Keefe

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Henry Richard Keefe
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Personal Information
Date of Birth c1876
Place of Birth Camberwell, London, England
Age at Enlistment 38 years, 8 months
Description 5'8½" (1.m) tall ; 178 lbs
80.739 kg
; medium complexion ; hazel eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Plumber
Religion Church of England
Address None given
Next of Kin Daughter , Miss Doris Nellie Keefe
Military Information
Reg Number 926
Date of Enlistment 18 Jan 1915
Rank Sergeant
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, D Company / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division transferred to 7th Field Ambulance
Date of Embarkation 9 Jun 1915 ‒ 2 Jul 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A11 Ascanius Fremantle to Port Suez
Fate Discharged in London
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Beenup Panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

A widower who had served for 15 months in the Medical Corps in South Africa, before emigrating to Australia in 1910.

Electoral Roll entry - 1913 Mt Kokeby, plumber

War Service

An early member of the 28th Battalion, he either traveled with them to Egypt or preceded them. His records indicate his embarkation in Australia occurring on 9 May 1915 without indicating unit or ship. (The 28th Battalion sailed from Fremantle on 9 Jun 1915 so likely to be a recording error). On 16 Apr 1915 as a member of the 28th Battalion he was promoted Corporal.

On 4 Sep 1915 he embarked with the 28th Battalion on HMT Ivernia for the Gallipoli Peninsular, and on 10 Sep 1915 he transferred to the HMT Sarnia for the journey from Mudros harbour to Anzac Cove. Four months later, on 10 Jan 1916 he disembarked from the HMT Ausonia in Alexandria from Mudros and he and his the unit moved to Tel-el-Kebir where on 12 Jan 1916 he was promoted Lance Sergeant.

On 15 Mar 1916 he and his unit boarded a train at Moascar for Alexandria where on the next day they embarked on HMAT A32 Themistocles arriving in Marseilles during the afternoon of 21 Mar 1916, and disembarking during the morning of 22 Mar 1916. Henry appears to have served with them at Pozieres transferring on paper to the 7th Australian Field Ambulance.

On 29 Sep 1916 Henry was transferred to the 7th Australian Field Ambulance, but he remained with the 28th Battalion as Medical staff in their Regimental Aid Post. Referred to the 38th Casualty Clearing Station on 7 Jan 1917 with an unknown infection, he was placed on a Ambulance Train on 9 Jan 1917 and transported to the No 11 Stationary Hospital in Rouen. Treated, he was released to the 2nd Convalescent Depot two days later, and on 22 Feb 1917 he was at the Australian General Base Depot in Étaples.

In April 1917 he was sent to segregated accommodation at the Base Depot, and appears to remain there until 29 Aug 1917. On 9 Oct 1917 he was well enough to be granted leave until 21 Oct 1917 when he returned to the Base Depot.

On 19 Dec 1917 he was referred to hospital with Neuritis, and the next day evacuated to England on the basis of age and neuritis. Sent to the 2nd Command Depot at Weymouth in England before being transferred to Tidworth on 14 May 1918 where he was part of the Permanent Cadre of No 2 Command Depot. Promoted Temporary Sergeant on 8 Oct 1918, he was to return to Australia as part of the Medical staff on the SS Ormonde, but did not do so, remaining in England.

Granted leave from 9 Jun 1919 until 9 Sep 1919 to learn poultry farming, his leave was cancelled on 11 Aug 1919 in order that he be discharged in the UK. Discharged on 11 Oct 1919 in London.

Post War

Initial post war address was 118 Asylum road, Peckham, England.

Notes

Most likely match for R O'Keefe listed on the Beenup panel of the Armadale War Memorial and the Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour.


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