THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
KEATLEY John Edmund
25/887, Sergeant, 3rd Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Gouzeaucourt on the 9th September 1918.  This non-commissioned officer’s company after an advance over ground swept by machine-gun fire, was driven back, leaving several wounded men lying out in the open.  Although wounded, he went back to report the situation to company headquarters, and on his return, finding that the attempts to rescue the wounded had only resulted in the would-be rescuers becoming casualties, he went out himself under a hail of bullets and rescued two men.  On reaching a third man he found he was already dead.  He saved these two men from becoming prisoners, and set a magnificent example to all ranks

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born June 1889, Kawa Kawa, NZ
Died 21 January 1975, Whangarei, NZ