Francis Henry William Thomas Winifred Brownrigg Peter Welsh Thomson Margaret Jean Caldow /Hodsdon Frederick Edward Senior James Roger Francis Wyman Clark Richard Robertson Patricia Mae Mulligan Joachim Dido

Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jim" James KEENAN

Born November 1876 in Bishop Auckland, Durham, England [30: item 7364413]
Son of Patrick and Catherine KEENAN, who were both native of Ireland [20]
Grew up in Bishop Auckland, Durham, England where his father worked as a Grocer and Broker [20]
In 1881 he was living with his parents, siblings John, Thomas, Mary and Joseph at 66 Newgate Street in Bishop Auckland [20]
Ten years later he was living with Oliver and Bridget WARTON at Union Place in Gateshead, Durham, England [20]
By 1901 he was working as a Hawker/Pawnbroker selling various articles in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England [20]
Served four and a half years with the Northumberland Hussars Imperial Yeomanry in England [30: item 7364413]
Labourer in Arrino, Carnamah and Three Springs in 1914 and 1915 [19] [30: item 7364413]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 15 November 1915 in Perth, Western Australia [30: item 7364413]
On enlistment was noted as 5 feet 7¾ inches tall, weighing 139 lbs. with blue eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion [30]
On 7 February 1916 at the Blackboy Hill military camp was appointed to the 14th Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion [30]
Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A28 Miltiades on 12 February 1916 [94]
Disembarked from the Miltiades at Suez, Egypt on 10 March 1916 [30]
After a short period of training in Egypt and France joined his battalion in France on 16 June 1916 [30]
Private 4538 in the 14th Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion in the Australian Imperial Force during the First World War [30]
In the attack on Pozieres he was Wounded in Action in France on 22 July 1916 [30]
Accounts stated it was the explosion of a shell that damaged his left leg while hospital records stated it to be a gunshot wound [18]
The injury to his leg was severe, eye-witness accounts stating his foot was almost no longer attached [18]
He heroically refused to be taken by stretcher until others who had been injured had been taken [18]
Laid in a shell hole smoking a cigarette one of his comrades gave him until eventually being taken by stretcher to medical attention [18]
Admitted as a patient of the 1/2 South Midland Field Ambulance in France on 23 July 1916 and died a few hours later [18] [30]
Was unconscious from admission to the field hospital until his death, said to have been from a loss of blood [18]
Died 24 July 1916 in France; buried in the Extension portion of the Military Cemetery at Warloyballon in Somme, France [17] [30]
The Rev. S. J. GOSLING officiated at his burial which was at Plot 5, Row E, Grate 13 of the cemetery [30]
Personal effects on him when he died were a letter, handkerchief, rosary, devotional book, pipe, pouch, scapula & damaged mirror [30]
His personal effects were sent in a package to his next of kin, his father Patrick KEENAN in Bishop Auckland [30]
Both his father and his sister Mary made inquiries with the Australian Red Cross Society as to his final hours [18]
His name appears on the Three Springs Honour Board, which was unveiled on Tuesday 3 June 1919 [9: 6-Jun-1919] [10: 13-Jun-1919]
He is also memorialised on the Carnamah War Memorial and the Carnamah Honour Board [35]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'James Keenan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 8 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/james-keenan [sources]




Use the below form or email history@carnamah.com.au

Name:
 
Email:
 
Comment, memory or story about this person
Suggested correction or additional information
Question or general feedback
 
 
Please enter this code into the box to confirm your request.


During this time we encourage you to stay active + keep connected. Check out Act-Belong-Commit Creative @ Home for ideas!