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Edmund William McKEE

Regimental number728
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectrician
Addressc/o Sydney Hotel, William Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 4.5"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Grace McKee, c/o Sydney Hotel, William Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Cadets, Auckland; 1.5 years in No 3 Company, Infantry, Auckland (Territorial Force).
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll233
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Postal Corps
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date23 October 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance; transferred to 3rd Australian General hospital, 19 September 1915 (teeth).

Appointed Lance Corporal, 7 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 27 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

Appointed Temporary 2nd Corporal, 19 August 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 11 November 1916 (influenza); transferred to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 14 November 1916; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 20 November 1916; discharged to Base Details, 25 November 1916.

Reverted to the ranks at own request, 9 May 1917.

Transferred to Australian Army Postal Corps, 10 May 1917.

Attached to Army OPost Office No 3, Boulogne, 16 October 1917.

Found guilty, 27 March 1918, of being absernt from duty in that he failed to proceed to Calais by lorry when ordered to do so at 1.30 pm, 24 March 1918, and only reported himself at 12.45 pm: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks, and forfeited a total of 2 days' pay.

On leave to the United Kingdom, 20 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 3 February 1918.

On leave to Paris, 3 November 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 12 November 1918.

Marched out to England for Special Leave, 28 Novenmber 1918; granted 75 days' leave in the United Kingdom, 2 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kigoma', 20 May 1920; disembarked Melbourne, 15 July 1920; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 23 October 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 February 1940
Age at death53
Place of burialAlbury Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKEE Edmund William

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