McKee, James (No. 21392)

McKee, James

Sergeant

No. 21392, 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Killed in action on Saturday 14 April 1917 (aged 20)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Vimy Memorial, France

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Donaghadee and District War Memorial (Millisle District)

Millisle Presbyterian Church

Family grave headstone in the graveyard adjoining Millisle Presbyterian Church

BIOGRAPHY

James McKee was born on 20 June 1896 in the townland of Grangee (he declared 20 June 1894 at attestation) and he was a son of John and Margaret McKee (nee Walker) who were married on 29 April 1890 in Millisle Presbyterian Church.  John McKee, a farmer from Ballyblack, was a son of John McKee, a farmer.  Margaret Walker from Ballymacruise was a daughter of John Walker, a farmer.

The McKee family lived in the townland of Grangee, Carrowdore.

John McKee was a farmer and he and Margaret had eight children:

David John (born 11 November 1890 in Grangee)

Jane (Jeanie, born 16 August 1892 in Grangee; died of appendicitis 15 August 1912 aged 20)

Nellie (born 11 August 1894 in Grangee)

James (born 20 June 1896 in Grangee)

Robert (born 1 July 1898 in Grangee)

William (born 7 May 1900 in Grangee)

Samuel (born 15 April 1903 in Grangee; died 5 December 1975 aged 72)

Annie Walker (Anna, born 29 May 1905 in Grangee)

All of the children born after David were baptised in Millisle Presbyterian Church.

James McKee moved to Canada where he worked in the grocery trade before he enlisted in Valcartier, Quebec on 23 September 1914.  He was 18 when he enlisted although he declared 20 January 1894 as his date of birth.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 7½ inches tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.  James McKee served with the 8th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) and he was 20 when he was killed in action at Willerval, Vimy Ridge on 14 April 1917.

Sergeant James McKee (No. 21392) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France; on Donaghadee and District War Memorial (Millisle District); in Millisle Presbyterian Church and on the family grave headstone in the graveyard adjoining Millisle Presbyterian Church.

James McKee’s father, John, died on 31 January 1945 (aged 84) and his mother, Margaret, died on 25 May 1947 (aged 84).