No. 4261, 28th Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF
Died of wounds on Thursday 1 November 1917 (aged 27)
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium (Grave XXI. CC. 18)
Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for
Granshaw Presbyterian Church Moneyreagh
Samuel McKee was born on 23 November 1890 in the townland of Lisleen and he was a son of James and Rebecca (Helena) McKee (nee McConnell) who were married on 12 April 1880 in Dundela Presbyterian Church. Samuel McKee from Granshaw was a son of William McKee, a labourer. Rebecca McConnell from Lisnabreen was a daughter of William McConnell, a labourer.
The McKee family lived in the townland of Gransha, Ballymaglaff.
James McKee worked as a farm servant and labourer and he and Rebecca had at least seven children:
Mary (born 14 June 1881 in Granshaw)
David (born 17 March 1883 in Granshaw)
Bella (born 5 March 1886 in Granshaw)
James (born 24 January 1888 in Ballymaglaff)
Samuel (born 23 November 1890 in Lisleen)
Rebecca (born 25 August 1893 in Lisleen)
Henry (born 19 May 1897 in Lisleen)
All of these children were baptised in Granshaw Presbyterian Church.
Their father James died on 24 April 1905.
Samuel McKee moved to Australia where he worked as a farm labourer before he enlisted in Perth on 7 February 1916. He cited Comber as his place of birth and his mother Rebecca as his next-of-kin. It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 2½ inches tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and black hair. He made his will on 6 March 1916 and his sole legatee was Miss Perla White who lived at 100 Brown Street East, Perth.
Private Samuel McKee (No. 4261) served with the 28th Battalion Australian Infantry and went to France in August 1916. He was wounded in action on 3 May 1917 and again on 31 October 1917. He was 26 when he died of his wounds the following day in the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.
Private Samuel McKee (No. 4261) was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium and he is commemorated in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for Granshaw Presbyterian Church Moneyreagh.