McKee, Norman Strahan (No. S/135409)

McKee, Norman Strahan (Norman)


No. S/135409, 8 Petrol Depot, Royal Army Service Corps

Killed in action on Sunday 31 January 1943 (aged 24)


Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya (Grave 7. D. 31)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


The death of Private Norman Strahan McKee (No. S/135409) was reported in the 12 June 1943 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Son of a Former Bangor Doctor Killed in Action.  At the time, Norman’s brother Malcolm was serving with the Royal Air Force.

On 4 January 1943, some four weeks before Norman died, one of his distant cousins, Charles James (Jim) McKee, also died.   Jim McKee was killed in action in Tunisia and he was the youngest son of the Revd Phineas McKee (Minister of Downshire Road Presbyterian Church, Newry from 1913 until 1943 and then Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland).  Jim McKee was born in County Down, served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and is commemorated in Downshire Road Presbyterian Church, Newry. The Rev Phineas McKee died at 1 College Park, Belfast on 9 November 1943.

Norman Strahan McKee was born on 13 July 1919 at 34 Kerr Street, Portrush, Co. Antrim and he was the elder son of Dr Samuel Kenny McKee and Gladys Muriel McKee (nee Frazer) who were married on 30 July 1918 in Balmoral Methodist Church, Osborne Park, Belfast.  Dr Samuel Kenny McKee (aged 32) from Lisburn Road, Belfast was a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and he was a son of Samuel McKee, a medical doctor.  Gladys Muriel Frazer (aged 21) from Balmoral, Belfast was a daughter of Methodist Minister, the Rev James Frazer.

The McKee family lived for a time in Kingscourt, Ballyholme Road, Bangor and later moved to 14 Culme Road, Seymour Park, Plymouth.

Norman Strahan McKee was educated in the preparatory department of Glenlola School, Bangor before going to Blundell’s Independent School in Tiverton, Devon.

Private Norman Strahan McKee (No. S/135409) served with the RASC and he was 24 when he was killed in action with the Royal Artillery on 31 January 1943 in Libya.  He was buried in Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya

The death of Private Norman Strahan McKee’s father, Samuel Kenny McKee was registered in the first quarter of 1971 in Plymouth.