Name: John McKONE
Birth: 12 DEC 1896 in Hilderthorpe, Otago, New Zealand
Death: 01 OCT 1916 in France
Burial: Mericourt-l'Abbe, Picardie, France
Lance-Corporal John McKone (1896-1916)
Lance-Corporal J. McKone (died of wounds) was born at Hilderthorpe in December, 1895 and was educated at Awamoko School, finishing his education at St. Patrick's School Oamaru. After leaving school he joined the clerical branch of the railway service, and was stationed at Ngapara and Waiwera, where he was widely known. He enlisted at Waiwera, joining the Third Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and subsequently was transferred to the signalling division. He landed in the firing-line in France on Easter Monday, and since then was constantly engaged in active work, taking part in three battles.
From The Press (Christchurch), 17 October 1916.
Father: Michael McKONE b: 1858 in Ballyconnell, Cavan, Ireland
Mother: Margaret HEAVEY b: 1859 in Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland