1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

John Keane

Contributed by: Margaret Dostal (nee Keane), on 2008-12-13

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First Name John
Surname Keane
Year of Birth 1894
Year of Death 1957
Regiment Grenadier Guards
Place of Wartime Residence Walworth, Other

John's Story

Dad was determined to join a Guards Regiment from the age of 14. Being as tall lad he managed to convince the enlistment officer in Cardiff that he was 18, but his brother saw him on duty at Cardiff Barracks and his father was able to get him released. He tried again with the Irish Guard, but they knew where to look this time and once again he was released... finally when he enlisted with the Grenadiers, they let him stay in.

Determined to be a soldier

He fought in France and was captured during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. An NCO in charge of a party laying mines, he was interrogated and suffered abuse at the hands of his interrogators. Partially disabled from that time he returned in 1919 and wed my Mother. He died in June 1957.

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