FREDERICK JAMES KEELER

Images and information courtesy of Nick.

 

Born: 1888, Ipswich.

Baptised 1st June 1888 in Ipswich

Died: 21st March 1918; age 29; KiA.

Died as a result of enemy action as part of the German Spring Offensive (Kaiserschlacht) known as the Battle of St Quentin, the First Battle of the Somme

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 738092

Regiment: (The Queen’s). London Regiment, 24th Battalion.(County of London) D Company

Formerly 5594, 1/8th (Post Office Rifles)  London Regiment.(City of London)

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

III.F.19.

Metz-En-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension.

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Jessie Keeler, of 21, Surbiton Road, Ipswich.

 

Brother to ERNEST ROBERT KEELER.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   49, Elliott Street, Ipswich.

 

Frederick was 2 years old and living with his parents.

Robert Charles Keeler, 28, a Postal Letter Carrier, born Wood Dalling, Norfolk.

Elizabeth Louisa Ellen Keeler (nee Richards), 26, born Ipswich.

1 boarder.

 

1901   47, Elliott Street, Ipswich.

 

Frederick was 12 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Robert, 38, a Postman.

Elizabeth, 36.

Alfred Keeler, 9, born Ipswich.

Ernest Robert Keeler, 4, born Ipswich.

1911   285, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

 

Frederick was 22 years old, a Postman – Post Office. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Robert, 48, a Town Postman – Post Office.

Elizabeth, 46.

Alfred, 19, a Shop Assistant – Grocer.

Ernest, 14, a Boy Clerk – Solicitors Office.

Stanley William Keeler, 9, born Ipswich.

 

In 1915, Ipswich, Frederick married, Jessie Strowger, born November 1886, Orford, Suffolk. They had 2 children:

Ernest James Keeler, born October 1916, Ipswich.

Lizzie Joan Keeler, born 1918, Ipswich.

At the time of Frederick’s death, his wife was living at 21 Surbiton Road, Ipswich, with their one and a half year old son Ernest James, and was pregnant with Lizzie Joan Keeler who he never saw.

Family note:

left to right back row Ernest, Frederick, Alfred, front row Elizabeth, Stanley (my grand father too young to participate) Robert. (my Great Grand Father) Alfred survived the war but I have the following information on him

Alfred was the second of four Sons of Robert Charles and Elizabeth (Richards) Keeler. He was born on September 5, 1891. In the 1911 Census he was a Shop Assistant in a grocers and was living with his parents at 285 Bramford Road. He married May Alice Moore on April 29, 1915, and they had a daughter. May was born on May 18, 1891 (ref June 1891 Ipswich 4a/911). Alfred served in the First World War in the 5th Provisional Cyclist Company (part of the Suffolk Battalion). His number was 2001 and he reached the rank of Lieutenant Corporal. He discharged from the colours on 20th April 1916 and his discharge papers state that he was ‘No longer physically fit for war service’. His discharge papers also state that he was a Grocers Assistant on enlistment and describes him as 5 feet 10 inches of sallow complexion with blue eyes, fair hair and a mole on right lower eyelid. They also state that ‘has served with the colours in the 5th Provisional Cyclist Company for after one and a half years during which time he was found to be :- Honest sober and trustworthy of a quiet disposition charm and intelligent. Tactful and of great discretionary powers’.

Frederick is also remembered on the war memorial at the Royal Mail Centre, Commercial Road, Ipswich.

His service is commemorated on a monument to those who fell in the First World War raised by subscription among the postal workers of Ipswich.

post office

 London Regiment, 24th Battalion:

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