PERSONAL DETAILSJohn KEEFE
Birth date and placec. 1820 Allen, Kildare, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Occupations pre-WALabourer.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 8 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: light.
Marriage date and place
SpouseAnne Jane ? (tentative).
ChildrenMargaret Ann 1869, New Zealand (tentative).
Ellen 1871, New Zealand (tentative).
John James 1874, New Zealand (tentative).
Death date and place26 Dec 1903 Wellington, New Zealand (tentative) [1903/7513].
Burial date and placeDec 1903 Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand (tentative).
Area 07. Block A. Row 01. Plot 035.
Will and Probate
Death Notices and Obituaries
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s)7th (Royal Fusiliers) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank#1163 Private.
Attestation date and place24 Apr 1838 Dublin, Dublin.
Service/CampaignsGibraltar 5 years.
West Indies 3 years 3 months.
North America 2 years 2 months.
Turkey & Crimea 2 years 2 months.
East Indies 2 years 10 months.
Musters1841 Gibraltar [WO12-2503].
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Note: original medals are held in the Army Museum of Western Australia, Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle.
Three Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalChronic Hepatitis. This man, nearly 21 years in the service, has been subject (since August 1859) to frequent attacks of intermittent fever and pain in the hepatic region. The liver is somewhat enlarged and the function of the bowels greatly deranged, and his constitution is much shaken. This man’s disability has originated by an individual predisposition accelerated by his long service and not increased by interperance.
Unfit for further service as a consequence of Chronic Liver Disease and failing strength.
Regimental Courts Martial23 times entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.

Prisoner 16 Mar 1843 to 2 Apr 1843.
Prisoner 9 Jul 1845 to 21 Jul 1845.
Prisoner 21 Jul 1845 to 11 Feb 1846.
Prisoner 13 May 1847 to 14 Nov 1847.

District Courts MartialDeserted 6 May 1849. Rejoined 23 May 1849.
Tried by a District Court Martial for Desertion on 14 Jun 1849. Convicted and Sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour and to be marked with the letter D.
Forfeited by Conviction of Desertion 9 years 321 days.
Prisoner 23 May 1849 to 16 Nov 1849.
Prisoner 26 Dec 1850 to 28 Apr 1851.
Former service restored per Authority dated Horseguards 11 Dec 1857 forfeited by Conviction of Desertion 9 years 321 days.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place16 Jul 1861 Chatham.
Length of Service21 years 74 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1406/95.
Post Discharge ResidenceDublin.
Post Discharge Pension District1st Dublin 1861. Wellington, New Zealand 1897.
Pension Amount11d, per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipRacehorse. 
Departure and Arrival26 May 1865 Portland; 10 Aug 1865 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force.
Land Grant/PurchaseNone in WA.
SubscriptionsHome for Orphaned Roman Catholic Children 1868.
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesThe Herald 1 Aug 1868.
Departure from WALeft Western Australia after August 1868 for Wellington, New Zealand.