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54768   Rifleman James McKeown
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 18/09/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 28/06/1874
Died: 06/08/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 44
James McKeown was the son of Elizabeth McKeown. He was born on 28th June 1874. At some point, James emigrated to New Zealand. Prior to enlisting, James was living in Kaitaia. He was a farmer. He enlisted in February 1917.Rifleman McKeown arrived in France, after further training, in December 1917. Rifleman James McKeown was serving with Unit 3 of New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade, 4th Battalion when he was killed in action in France on 6th August 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery
  Foncquevillers, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave IV-C-21
CWGC Casualty 305561
Foncquevillers is a village about 18 kilometres south-west of Arras on the D3. Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery is situated a little way south-east along the D6. A CWGC signpost indicating the road is situated at the junction near the post office in Foncquevillers and the Cemetery is on the right hand side of the road just before arriving at Gommecourt.
References and Links
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1 Archives New Zealand Military documents (13) of Rifleman James McKeown (no pdf)
2 Corporal James Sleator Cousin of Rifleman James McKeown
3 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Rifleman James McKeown including photo
4 New Zealand War Graves Project Grave photo, embarkation, next of kin
5 Private James Welsh Cousin of Rifleman James McKeown
6 Private Robert Yule Cousin of Rifleman James McKeown
7 Roll of Honour, Kaitaia, Northland List Jim McKeown
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman James McKeown's grave can be purchased here
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