Image courtesy of “Operation: Picture Me”
Born: 2nd June 1890, Ipswich.
Died: 28th February 1918; age 28; KiA – Maroc, supplying working parties to forward area, Loos.
Residence: Suite 12 Bieldy Apartments, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Occupation: Saddler & Police Constable.
Enlistment Details: Location: Manitoba; Date: 8th March 1916; Age: 25 years & 8 months; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 11 1/4ins, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.
Embarked: Halifax – 30th April 1917 – H.M.T. ‘Magantic.’
Disembarked: Liverpool – 14th May 1917.
Appointed Acting Sergeant – 200th Battalion – Shorncliffe – 15th May 1917.
Transferred to the 11th Canadian Reserve Battalion – Shorncliffe.
Reverted to ranks – 28th June 1917 – own request – appointed Lance Corporal -Shorncliffe.
Reverted to ranks – 12th September 1917 – own request – Shorncliffe.
Transferred to 107th Battalion – 12th September 1917 – overseas.
13th September 1917 arrived Canadian Base Depot, France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 922113
Regiment: Canadian Infantry, Canadian Pioneers, 107th Pioneer Battalion.
Pas de Calais,
1891 4, Church Lane, Ipswich.
Walter was 10 months old and living with his parents & sister.
Edward William Keys, 25, a Saddle & Harness Maker – own account, born Ipswich.
Laura Elizabeth Keys (nee Jackson), 27, born Ipswich.
Eunice Emma keys, 3, born Ipswich.
1901 4, Church Lane, Ipswich.
Walter was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Edward, 35, a Saddler – own account.
Alfred Ernest Keys, 9, born Ipswich.
William Arthur Keys, 7, born Ipswich.
Edith Laura Keys, 4, born Ipswich.
Florence Ethel Keys, 2, born Ipswich.
1911 4, Church Lane, Ipswich.
Walter was 20 years old, a Coach Trimmer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Edward, 45, a Harness Maker – own account.
Alfred, 19 a Coach Body Maker.
William, 17, a Plumbers Apprentice.
Edith, 14, a Dress Makers Apprentice.
1916 Census – Bieldy Blocks, no. 12, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Walter was a Policeman and a Soldier. He was married and head of the household.
Agnes, a housewife.
24 year old Walter departed from Liverpool, travelling on board the S.S. ‘Teutonic’ of the White Star Line. Arriving at Quebec, Canada on the 13th May 1912.
On the 26th September 1913, at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Walter married Agnes Sophia Last, born March 1885, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
They had 1 son:
Leonard Ernest Keys, born 11th November 1917, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Agnes had immigrated to Canada in September 1910. After the death of Walter, Agnes and baby Leonard stayed with her brother, Percy Albert Last, at his family home – 69, Palmer Avenue, West London, Brent County, Ontario. Agnes & Leonard returned to their home at Aikens Street, Winnipeg, and continued to make visits to their family in England.
On the 12th July 1932, 42 year old, Agnes, and 14 year old, Leonard, disembarked at the Port of London. They had travelled 3rd Class on the Cunard ‘Aurania’ from Montreal, Canada. Agnes recorded that they were to make England their home – and would be staying at 44, All Saints Road, Ipswich – the home of her sister, Edith May Ruffles and her husband William Frederick Ruffles.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Agnes – unpaid domestic duties, and Leonard, a Poultry and Fruit Grower – own account are living at their family home – ‘Basketers’ Colne Road, Great Tey, Essex.
Will in favour of Agnes Sophia Keys – widow.
Walter is also remembered on St.Matthew’s Church Memorial.
Newspaper Clipping – In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, “Operation: Picture Me”
Canadian Infantry, Canadian Pioneers, 107th Pioneer Battalion: