Thomas Charles O'KEEFFE

Male 1902 - 1943  (41 years)


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  • Name Thomas Charles O'KEEFFE 
    Born 1902  Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 23 May 1940 to 25 Dec 1943  [2, 3
    World War 2 
    • Service Record
      Name O'KEEFE, THOMAS CHARLES
      Service Australian Army
      Service Number NX21141
      Date of Birth 18 Sep 1908
      Place of Birth MACKAY, QLD
      Date of Enlistment 23 May 1940
      Locality on Enlistment GUNNEDAH, NSW
      Place of Enlistment PADDINGTON, NSW
      Next of Kin O'KEEFE, THOMAS
      Date of Death 25 Dec 1943
      Rank Sapper
      Posting on Death 2/6 Field Company
      WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
      Prisoner of War Yes
      Roll of Honour GUNNEDAH NSW
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      Note that date and place of birth are not correct. Thomas may have wanted to appear younger to be able to enlist. He was born in 1902 at Grafton, NSW.

      Thomas died on the Burma-Siam railway.

      Casualty Details
      Name:O'KEEFFE, THOMAS CHARLES
      Initials:T C
      Nationality:Australian
      Rank:Sapper
      Regiment/Service:Royal Australian Engineers
      Unit Text:A.I.F. 2/6 Field Coy.
      Age:35
      Date of Death:25/12/1943
      Service No:NX21141
      Additional information:Son of Thomas Joseph and Anna Bella Maria O'Keeffe, of Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia.
      Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
      Grave/Memorial Reference:A7. D. 16.
      Cemetery:THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY
    Never married and had no children Never Married 
    Died 25 Dec 1943  Burma Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried Thanbyuzayat, Burma Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Buried at the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar (Burma now called Myanmar)

      The village of Thanbyuzayat is 65 kilometres south of the port of Moulmein, and the war cemetery lies at the foot of the hills which separate the Union of Myanmar from Thailand. Travel to Moulmein is possible by both rail and road. Road conditions may vary, depending on the season, and the trip may take up to 8 hours. Only those in good health should attempt the journey.

      Memorial only at Gunnedah: Thomas Charles O'Keefe 25/12/1943 41y OC W...9

      The graves of those who died during the construction and maintenance of the Burma-Siam railway (except for the Americans, whose remains were repatriated) were transferred from camp burial grounds and isolated sites along the railway into three cemeteries at Chungkai and Kanchanaburi in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar. Thanbyuzayat became a prisoner of war administration headquarters and base camp in September 1942 and in January 1943 a base hospital was organised for the sick. The camp was close to a railway marshalling yard and workshops, and heavy casualties were sustained among the prisoners during Allied bombing raids in March and June 1943. The camp was then evacuated and the prisoners, including the sick, were marched to camps further along the line where camp hospitals were set up. For some time, however, Thanbyuzayat continued to be used as a reception centre for the groups of prisoners arriving at frequent intervals to reinforce the parties working on the line up to the Burma-Siam border. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery was created by the Army Graves Service who transferred to it all graves along the northern section of the railway, between Moulmein and Nieke. There are now 3,149 Commonwealth and 621 Dutch burials of the Second World war in the cemetery.
    Person ID I3355  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2007 

    Father Thomas Joseph O'KEEFFE,   b. 1879, Ramornie, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1940, Bondi, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Annabella Maria OLIVE,   b. 25 Aug 1877, Myall Creek, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1953, Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 18 May 1901  Maclean, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1902 - Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Dec 1943 - Burma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Thanbyuzayat, Burma Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, (http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au), 31763/1902.

    2. [S72] WW2 Nominal Roll [database on-line], (http://www.ww2roll.gov.au).

    3. [S210] Commonwealth War Graves Commission [database on-line], (http://www.cwgc.org).

    4. [S209] Liz Pritchard, Email to Jennifer Crockett (1 July 2006).