Jessie Mee (née Coutts) and Alexander Coutts Mee
The photograph of Jessie and their son was provided by Mr Ian Coutts, Dunedin.
Jessie Merrilees Coutts, born 11 April 1890, was the third child of William and Jane Coutts (née Merrilees) of Taieri Beach.
Alexander and Jessie were married on 27 February 1917. Their son, Alexander Coutts Mee, was born on 20 November 1917.
In 1926, Jessie remarried to a Presbyterian Minister - Reverend John Hemingway Combes. She died in childbirth in 1927 and is buried in Te Henui Cemetery at Waitara.
Alexander Coutts Mee – 40656 – served as pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force in World War II. He was killed on 7 May 1941 whilst returning his aeroplane to England, following an air raid on Hamburg, and is buried in Grimsby Scartho Road Cemetery, Lincolnshire, England.
Going to the Front
The first section of the 24th Reinforcements included Private Alexander Mee (Kuri Bush). While he was on final leave his Brighton and Kuri Bush friends met to bid him au revoir. During the evening Mr Leitch presented the guest with a wristlet watch, military brushes, and a fountain pen. While on leave Private Mee joined the ranks of the bendicts, and on their return to Brighton, after a brief honeymoon, he and his wife were tendered a social evening and presented with an inscribed silver teapot from the Presbyterian Choir, of which they are both old members.
Otago Daily Times, Issue 16980, 17 April 1917, Page 5