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Harry Robert KEEVERS

Regimental number2132
Place of birthWickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
SchoolTighes Hill Public School, Newcastle, New South Wales
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs Florence May Keevers, Regent Street, Mayfield, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Pioneer Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/13/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A46 Clan MacGillivray on 3 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Australian Pioneers
FateKilled in Action 29 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialPotijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave No. 6), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
171
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert James and Emma KEEVERS; husband of Florence May KEEVERS, Valencia Street, Mayfield, New South Wales. Native of Wickham, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousins (1st): 4501 Corporal Adolphus Robert KEEVERS, 3rd Bn, returned to Australia, 6 July 1919; 14556 Driver James David KEEVERS, 4th Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 15 June 1919; 103 Pte Walter Matthew KEEVERS, 20th Bn, killed in action, 12 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked at Suez, 13 June 1916; taken on strength, 1st Divisional Depot, Tel-el-Kebir, 5 July 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 July 1916. Taken on strength, Pioneer Training Bn, London, 11 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1916; marched in to 1st Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 3 November 1916. Marched out to Machine Gun Base, Camiers, 4 November 1916. Taken on strength, 1st Pioneer Bn, 17 November 1916.

Proceeded to England on leave, 23 September 1917; rejoined unit, 5 October 1917.

Admitted to hospital, 5 October 1917 (scabies); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 11 October 1917; discharged to duty, 13 October 1917. Rejoined unit, 23 October 1917.

Killed in action, 29 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

All his personal belongings were lost when the vessel on which they were being shipped back to Australia, SS 'Barunga', was lost at sea as the result of enemy action.

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