37509 - Sapper

John

O'KEEFE

3rd Reinforcements

Timeline


1916

1916

29 September

Enlistment

Wellington Military District

1916

4 October

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1916

29 October

Promoted Sergeant

1916

15 November

Transfer to England

HMNZT 69 - Tahiti

1916

25 November

Reverted to Sapper at own request

1916

7 December

Admitted to hospital at sea with lumbago

1916

10 December

Returned to duty

1916

13 December

Awarded 10 days detention for breaking away from military escort

1916

19 December

Admitted to hospital at sea with alcoholism

1916

19 December

Returned to duty

1917

1917

29 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1917

30 January

Admitted to hospital with sciatica

1917

12 February

Granted leave

1917

28 February

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1917

17 March

Awarded 7 days detention and forfeited 7 days pay for conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, and causing damage

1917

9 April

Battle of Arras

British Offensive


From the Front

The Company was employed to rebuild a major road leading to the Front during the battle

Arras-Cambrai Road

Admitted to hospital with venereal disease

1917

5 May

From the Front

The Company moved to Monchy, ten kilometres east of Arras, to work on the fortification of the new front line

The Billets in Monchy

1917

25 June

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1917

30 June

Forfeited 3 days pay and 3 days pay by Royal Warrant for breaking out of camp and absence without leave

1917

7 July

Admitted to hospital with venereal disease

1917

20 July

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1917

30 July

Awarded 10 days detention and 5 days pay by Royal Warrant for breaking out of camp and absence without leave

1917

22 August

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

1917

30 August

Awarded 168 hours detention and 5 days pay by Royal Warrant for absence without leave

1917

19 September

Classified unfit for active service on account of chronic venereal diseases

1917

21 November

Transfer to New Zealand

H.S. Marama

1918

1918

11 November

Armistice

Cessation of Hostilities

1919

1919

13 March

Final discharge

End of Service

Decoration

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, AABK 18805 W5549 96/0088096, Military Personnel File: John O'KEEFE - 37509.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: John O'KEEFE.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume II, Roll N°45, p. 35.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “John O'KEEFE (37509)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 14 May 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=642