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Father: Robert Keetley born in 1861 in Nottingham, working as a carter. Mother: Mary Ann Keetley born in 1861 in Nottingham. Brothers: Joseph, born in 1885, working as a clerk, John, born in 1894, working as a beer bottler and Billy, born in 1902. Sisters: Florrie, born in 1888, working as a cigar stripper and Lily, born in 1898. All the children were born in Nottingham. The family lived at 13 Ford Street, Nottingham. Thomas Keetley was born in 1894 and was married to Gertrude Kettley, who was born in 1883 in Nottingham. They lived at 19 Radnor Street, Peas Hill Road, Nottingham, and had two sons, Thomas Albert, born in 1907 and George Robert, born in June 1910.
Thomas Kettley worked as a van man for the Cooperative Society before becoming a brewer's labourer.
19 Apr 1918
834535 - CWGC Website
1st Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Keetley was called up for service, and attested on 06/07/1916 at Derby. He was posted to 3rd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Following training he was drafted to France, arriving on 05/11/1916. He was sent to Infantry Base Depot No.12 before being posted on to 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment on 06/11/1916. The battalion were involved in the fighting during the Battle of Lys when the German field army attempted to break through to the Channel ports. They failed but in the heavy fighting that followed Keetley was killed in action whilst acting as a stretcher bearer. His body was never recovered but his name was commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
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