FRANK DOUGLAS KEELEY

Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1918

 

Born: 1897, Elmswell, Suffolk.

Died: 19th October 1917; age 19; KiA.

Residence: 34, Schreiber Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Messrs. Vickers’ Works, Erith, Kent.

Enlistment Location: Woolwich, Kent.

 

Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: C/9365

Regiment: King’s Royal Rifle Corps, Pioneers, 20th Battalion.

Formerly Suffolk Regiment.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

The original grave marked by a wooden cross was found in September 1919. The body was exhumed, identified and reburied at Tyne Cot Cemetery along with many unknown and unnamed British Soldiers.

 

Grave Reference:

III.G.7.

Tyne Cot Cemetery,

West-Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert & Barbara Ellen Keeley, of 34, Schreiber Road, Ipswich.

 

Paternal cousin to HERBERT DANIEL KEELEY and HARRY CHARLES KEELEY.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   30, Parade Road, Ipswich.

 

Frank was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Robert Alfred Keeley, 41, a Bricklayer, born Wortham, Suffolk.

Barbara Ellen Keeley (nee Algar), 41, born Diss, Norfolk.

Rose Lilian Keeley, 16, a General Domestic Servant, born Wortham.

Florence Jubilee Keeley, 13, born Badwell Ash, Suffolk.

Charles Alfred Keeley, 11, born Badwell Ash.

Harry Harman Keeley, 8, born Longham, Suffolk.

Arthur George Keeley, 6, born Walsham le Willows, Suffolk.

Alonzo Edwin Keeley, 1, born Ipswich.

 

1911   34, Schreiber Road, Ipswich.

 

Frank was 14 years old, a Boy at a Coal Store – Retail Coalman. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Robert, 51, a Bricklayer.

Barbara, 51.

Arthur, 16, a General Worker & Cleaner in Hotel.

Alonzo, 11.

Dora Eileen Keeley, 9, born Ipswich.

Sydney Mackley Keeley, 5, born Ipswich.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Barbara E. Keeley – mother.

Frank (on the right) and his brothers Arthur and Charles.

Photograph courtesy of John

 

Frank is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich.

Evening Star – Monday, 4th September 1916 – On Monday, 4th September 1916, at the Ipswich Police Court, Frank’s mother, Barbara Keeley, of 34, Schreiber Road, was before the Mayor of Ipswich, Mr. Sydney Brand, charged with a Lighting Infringement, she pleaded Guilty and was fined 6s. and 5s. expenses.

 

Frank’s nephew (son of his sister Florence Jubilee Keeley), Leonard Charles Daldry, born October 1908, in Ipswich, became a Banker and Senator of the Federal Legislature, Nigeria. On the 1st January 1963, Leonard was knighted for public service in the Federation of Nigeria.

 

King’s Royal Rifle Corps, Pioneers, 20th Battalion:

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