First World War Roll of Honour

George Ernest Howard Keesey was born on 19 June 1886, the eldest son of the Rev. G. W. and Annie Keesey of Willesden Green. He was educated at St Olave’s School in Southwark from 1900 and was School Captain in his final year from 1904, 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 near Delville Wood, taking part in the Somme offensive, on 24 August 1916. He left a widow and an infant son.

Capt. Keesey is buried in Serre Road Cemetery. He is also commemorated on memorials at St Olave's Grammar School, Downing College, Wellington College and the Church of St John the Baptist, Crowthorne.

Sources:

'The Griffin', Downing College magazine, Lent 1908 and Michaelmas 1916

'The Olavian Fallen', St Olave's Grammar School.