Robert is remembered on the war memorial at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.



Born: 14th May 1895, Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Died: 29th September 1916; age: 21; KiA at trenches North West of Courcelette. Believed buried 100 yards due West of Zollern Trench, Courcelette.

Occupation: a Lumberjack.

Enlistment Details: Location: Medicine Hat, Alberta; Date: 13th May 1915; Age: Robert recorded that he was 22 – when he was 20; Religion: Presbyterian. Height: 5ft 9ins, dark complexion, brown eyes & brown hair.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 108323.

Regiment: British Columbia Regiment, 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion.


Memorial Reference:

Vimy Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Next of Kin: mother – Mrs Emily Mitchener, of Cayford, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Later of ‘Mayfield’ Meopham, Kent, and then of Medway, Sole Street, Cobham, Surrey.




1901   Angel Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.


Robert was 5 years old and living with his maternal grandparents, aunt & uncle.

Samuel Keynes, 54, a Carter & Farmer – employer, born Tisbury, Wiltshire.

Emma Keynes (nee Edmonds), 55, born Charlton, Wiltshire.

Herbert Keynes, 30, a Coach Painter – at home, born Redlynch, Wiltshire.

Cordelia Sophia Keynes, 17, a Dressmaker’s Machinist – at home, born Bramford, Suffolk.


1911   Bury, Compton, Quebec, Canada.


Robert was 16 years old, a Labourer on a Farm. He was living with his maternal aunt & uncle + cousin.

Hugh Frederick Maclear, 31, a Farmer, born Kensington, Middlesex.

Mary Ann Maclear (nee Keynes), 29, born Bramford, Suffolk.

Cyril Hugh Maclear, 5, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.


Robert’s mother was Emily Keynes, born 1869, Redlynch, Wiltshire.


Robert’s grandmother, Emma Keynes, died 1918, Hadleigh, Suffolk, his grandfather, Samuel Keynes died 1925, Lincolnshire.




On the 10th March 1911, 15 year old, Robin sailed 2nd Class, from the Port of Liverpool, on board S.S. ‘Empress of Britain’ of the Canadian Pacific Railway (Master – James A. Murray). Robin could read & write, and was to be a Farmer for his uncle, at Bury, Quebec, Canada. He was making the journey to Canada with his maternal aunt, uncle & cousin.

Hugh Maclear, 46.

Mary Ann Maclear, 44.

Cyril Maclear, 4.


Robert’s Will left all his personal and worldly processions to his grandfather, Samuel Keynes.


Robert’s medals were sent to his grandfather, Samuel Keynes, of 85, Angel Street, Hadleigh.


Photograph courtesy of Nancy and Nigel.

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