Born: 16th October 1883, Stradbroke, Suffolk.

Died: 29th September 1918; age 34; KiA while advancing over an open stretch of ground, just North of Cambrai, at about 8:30 o’clock on the morning of the 29th September 1918, he was hit in the body and instantly killed by a bullet from an enemy machine gun.

Residence at the time of enlistment: Palace Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Occupation: Rancher.


Herbert recorded on his attestation paper that he was born in 1887 and was 29 years of age.

Enlistment Details: Location: Sidney, British Columbia; Date: 11th September 1916; Age: 29; Religion: CofE. Signed up for the Duration of the War plus 6 months. Next of Kin: Mother – Mrs. H. Keeley, of 29, Parade Road, Ipswich and sister – Mrs. Alice Mary Hale, of 303, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 2 ins, ruddy complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Tattoos on both forearms.


Original Unit – 143rd Battalion.


Embarked in Canada par S.S. ‘Southland’ on the 17th February 1917.

Disembarked in England on the 27th February 1917.

23rd March 1917 – Transferred to the 24th Reserve Battalion in Seaford.

10th May 1917 – Proceeded Overseas for Service with the 2nd Battalion.

Disembarked in France on the 12th May 1917.

Arrived with Unit for duty on the 8th June 1917.

18th January 1918 – 14 days leave to the UK.

2nd February 1918 returned from leave.



21st November 1917 for Losing by neglect Government property in the Field – 1 small Box Respirator – value 12/3. – Placed under Staoppage of pay.

3rd September 1918 for 1. Insubordination to an officer. 2. In possession of wine – forfeited two days pay.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 826953

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force, 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion.


Grave Reference:


Mill Switch British Cemetery,




Brother to HARRY CHARLES KEELEY and paternal cousin to FRANK DOUGLAS KEELEY.




1891     Laxfield Road, Stradbroke, Suffolk.


Herbert was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Horace Keeley, 28, a Bricklayer, born Wortham, Suffolk.

Hannah Louisa Keeley ( Mayhew), 28, born Stradbroke, Suffolk.

Alice Mary Keeley, 8, born Stradbroke.

Herman Walter Keeley, 6, born Stradbroke.

Maud Florence Keeley, 4, born Stradbroke.

George Alfred Keeley, 2, born Stradbroke.

Wilfred Horace Keeley, 9 months, born Stradbroke.


1901   34, Parade Road, Ipswich.


Herbert was 17 years old, a Bricklayer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Horace, 38, a Bricklayer.

Hannah, 38.

Herman, 16, a Stable Help – Groom.

Maud, 14, a Mother’s Help.

Wilfred, 10.

May Emma Keeley, 9, born Stradbroke.

Harry Charles Keeley, 6, born Ipswich.

William Arthur Keeley, 3, born Ipswich.

Edith Elaine Keeley, 2, born Ipswich.


On the 19th October 1916, Herbert made his Will in which he bequeaths all his personal estate including pay, effects, money in the bank and insurance policy to his mother, Mrs. Hannah Keeley, of 29, Parade Road, Ipswich.


On the 1st February 1921 the Scroll was despatched to Herbert’s father, Mr. Horace Keeley, of 29, Parade Road, Ipswich. On the 8th October 1921 the Plaque was despatched to Horace Keeley.


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



Canadian Expeditionary Force, 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion:



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