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« on: April 28, 2018, 09:13:16 AM »

KEEP, CLAUDE HERBERT
Rank:Trooper
Service No:14399541
Date of Death:31/12/1943
Age:19
Regiment/Service:Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C.  43rd (2/5th Bn. Gloucestershire) Regt.
Grave Reference:Cons. grave 4605.
Cemetery:DARTFORD (WATLING STREET) CEMETERY
Additional Details:Son of William Henry and Harriett Keep, of Dartford.


West Sussex Gazette - Thursday 13 January 1944

A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned at a Brighton inquest on Trooper Claude Keep (19), of Dartford, who was accidentally shot in the back during field firing exercises. Expressing regret that the young man should have met his death in that way, the Coroner said, "But of course we all know that soldiers have to take risks, and it is an essential part of their training that live ammunition should be used."

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2018, 20:16:21 PM »

Name:   Claude Herbert Keep
Birth Place:    1924, Grantham Lincolnshire
Residence:   Kent
Mother's Maiden Name:   Lamb

Parents William Henry Keep & Harriett Lamb married ΒΌ Dec 1914, Dover
Believe William H died Sept 1944.
Possibly Believe William H served in WW1. As No 14680 Sapper, then WR 125185  8 Rail Coy, Royal Engineers . To France 15.8.1914. Awarded 14 Star, Victory & British Medals 
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 15:36:49 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 15:57:34 PM »

 William Henry Keep enlisted in 1900  in the East Kent Reg, 1st The Buffs, where he served in India, Hong Kong,  2nd Boer War 1902 South Africa...after 12 yrs service he became a reservist, 1914 he rejoined the Buffs, Corporal 6579, 2nd Batt, he saw action in 27/12/1914, he later transferred to  the Machine Gun Corps as Sergeant 3742, Machine Gun Corps numbers began at 3000, he was an early number. William H Keep, he received the Military Medal probably for bravery in the Battle of Delville Wood 1-12/8/16.
Claude Keep was born In Grantham, Lincolnshire, where the MGC were based. His brother Clifton Best Keep was born in Grantham. However William's first born in 1918, my grandfather, Roland William (later William Roland) Keep was born in Dartford Kent.
Claude was the youngest of four children, he was always fondly remembered as being someone who was quite idiosyncratic. he was a great loss to his family, and the nature of his death is still remembered and discussed to this day.
yours
Christopher Boorman  

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 20:10:32 PM »

Apologies Boorman . My Possibly Believe father William Henry's WW1 service was wrong
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2018, 08:40:27 AM »

No apologies required sir! I thank you for your time and interest in this matter, we still only have some war medals, not all, photographs would be great. But that grave contains more than one hero, I was there recently.
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Chris
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