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John was the son of Tom and Catherine Mary Keyworth nee Brumpton. Tom Keyworth was born in Raiby, Nottinghamshire; his birth was registered in 1860 (J/F/M Newark). Catherine Mary Brumpton was born in Sturton by Stowe, Lincolnshire in about 1861, the daughter of John Brumpton. In 1881 Tom was a farm servant (indoor) living on Village Street, Saxilby, Lincoln, and Catherine was a general servant at the Manor Arms, Saxilby, working for the inn keeper, John Whittaker and his wife Ann. They were married in Saxilby on 19 May 1881, Tom was 22 and Catherine 20. They were to have eight children of whom only seven survived to 1911: Mary Ann b. Bransby Lincolnshire abt. 1882 (birth registered 1882 J/F/M Gainsborough), Walter b. Sturton by Stowe 1884 (J/A/S Lincoln), Edith Annie b. Sturton by Stowe abt 1888, Catherie b. Sturton by Stowe abt 1889, John Ira b. Sturton by Stowe 1894 (J/A/S Gainsborough), Nellie b. Torksey Lincolnshire abt. 1899, and Frederick b. Highwood Torksey prob. 24 January 1901 (birth registered 1901 (J/F/M Gainsborough). In 1891 Tom (32) an agricultural labourer, was living in Sturton, Lincolnshire, with his wife Catherine (30) and children Mary (9), Walter (6) and Edith (2). By 1901 the family was in Torksey, Gainsborough. Tom was now working as a shepherd on a farm. All seven children were living at home: Mary (19) a domestic servant, Walter (16) a farm labourer, Edith,(12), Catherine (9), John (6), Nellie (2) and Frederick (2 months). Also in the household was Thomas Todbein (24) a wagoner on a farm. Tom (52) was a farm foreman by 1911 and living at Crifton Lodge, Bilsthorpe, Southwell, with his wife Catherine (50) and four of their seven children: Catherine (19) employed on domestic work at home, John (16) who was working on the farm with his father, and Nellie (12) and Frederick (10) who were at school. Also in the household were John Taylor (24) a shepherd, and George Turtle (20) and William Turtle (16) who were both wagoners. Tom and Catherine's second daughter, Edith Annie (19), was a cook in the household of the widowed Thomas Fish, a lace manufacturer, and his family at 91 Forest Road, Nottingham. Tom Keyworth probably died in 1941 (Dec Grantham) aged 82. John married Lily Moody (b. Eakring, 1895 J/A/S Southwell) in 1918 (J/A/S Southwell). In 1911 Lily (15) was living in Eakring and was a general servant in the household of Walter Burne, a farmer, and his sister Edith who was his housekeeper. The CWGC record gives Lily's address as Eakring, Newark, Nottinghamshire. However, although there is a discrepancy in her date of birth in subsequent records, it seems likely that Lily married John R Garfoot (b. 15 December 1894) in 1926 (O/N/D Southwell) and that in 1939 Lily (b. 27 July 1896) and John were living in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, where her husband was a groom and horseman on a farm. Lily Garfoot died in 1989 (Aug Leicestershire) age 93 (b. 27 July 1896).
In 1911 he was working on a farm with his father who was the farm foreman.
12 Oct 1918
163058 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
104th Bn Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), previously 21538 Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). John was in theatre ('2 B') from 31 December 1915. He was killed in action and is buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'He is gone but not forgotten never shall his memory fade' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow Lily was his legatee.
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