Soldiers' Service Files usually include: personal information, such as enlistment details, next-of-kin, former employment data, marital status, age, place of birth, medical history, movements, transfers, unit postings, promotions, information on awards, major disciplinary issues, correspondence between military and soldiers’ next-of-kin on matters of wounds, death, medals and awards, etc.
This Album shows the Service File of Private Alexander Mee, 42532 - 14th Company, 2nd Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
He was a farmer at Kuri Bush, Brighton, near Dunedin and the son of Samuel and Margaret Mee, of Kuri Bush. Jessie Coutts, also of Brighton, and Alexander were married on 27 February 1917. Their son, Alexander Coutts Mee, was born on 20 November 1917.
He had enlisted on 2 November 1916, and embarked at Wellington on 5 April 1917 on the ‘Devon’ troopship, destined for Devonport, England. He was marched into Sling Camp on 11 June 1917, left for France on 6 July 1917 and joined the Battalion 'In the Field' on 9 August 1917. He notes in his Diary, the dates he went into the firing line: Friday, 28 September 1917 (probably at the Battle of Polygon Wood) and Wednesday, 10 October 1917.
He was wounded in action on 12 October 1917. The finding of the Court of Enquiry was 'Missing Believed Killed' in action on 12 October 1917, at Belle Vue Spur - at the Battle of Passchendaele.
From the History Sheet: '8/1456 Cpl G Drummond (14 Coy. 2nd Bn. O. R.) I saw Mee at the assembly point prior to the advance on Bell Vue Spur. 12th October 1917. There was a heavy barrage, on our line. At the [?] & many casualties. He did not come with Coy.'
He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium – New Zealand Apse, Panel 3. At the time of his death he was in the 14th Company, 2nd Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment.
Alexander Mee's Service File on Archway
Auckland Museum Cenotaph Database entry for Alexander Mee
Commonwealth War Grave entry for Alexander Mee
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