First World War Roll of Honour

George Ernest Howard Keesey was born in 1886, the eldest son of the Rev. G. W. and Annie Keesey of Willesden Green. He was educated at St Olave’s School, London, before matriculating at Downing in 1905. He took his B.A. in 1908, in Natural Sciences, with first class honours.

Before the war he was Assistant Master and O.T.C. Officer at Wellington College and, in 1913, married Violet Marian Swinglehurst. In October 1914, he was gazetted lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade. His battalion (8th) went to the front in May 1915 and he was slightly wounded in June, but was promoted to Captain following his return to the front in September and was mentioned in despatches. Captain Keesey was killed in action taking part in the Somme offensive on 24 August 1916, leaving an infant son.

He is buried in Serre Road Cemetery.