Keeley, William Lester

[1894 - 1918]

War Service:
Gunner William Lester KEELEY enlisted in March 1915 into D/170th Brigade Royal Field Artillery [Service Number 20352]. He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders and died at No 62 Casualty Clearing Station on 5 December 1918 of Broncho-pneumonia, which he contracted on service.

Location of Memorial:

He is also remembered locally on the St Pauls, Deptford War memorial.

William Lester was born 5 January 1895 in Deptford and was the son of John Thomas a dock worker and Mary Ann Wood [1859 - 1915]. Born In Greenwich, but lived in Deptford by the time he died in 1915. Three of his brothers [Charles William, George J, Thomas James] also died during the First World War and left only a sister Harriet, sister Emily died before 1911]. He was educated at Regent and Frankham Street Schools, Deptford. He married at St Pauls Church, Deptford 6 October 1918 to Jessie Matilda DAY of 9 Conington Road, Lewisham.


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