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  • photo is of Joseph Keight who served on the HMS Good Hope. 
photo courtesy of the Worksop Borough Roll of Honour
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Joseph Keight was born in 1880, in Birmingham, Warwickshire to George and Emily Keight. His parents moved to Worksop and it was here that his mother died in 1890. On the 26th January 1907, Joseph married Winifred Southern in Manchester, and 2 years later, they had a son, George Frederick, named after Joseph’s father. He took employment as an assistant postman in 1911 and the following year had a daughter Winifred. Joseph was hit with a double blow in 1912, as his wife died, followed by his infant daughter, leaving him as a widower. He had a sister called Ellen who had married, had children and had moved to Worksop, living in Cheapside. Being as Joseph’s father was now a widower, he was now residing with this married daughter and family. . Joseph now moved to Worksop and was appointed to the Post Office at Worksop in February 1914.
He was a postman at Worksop Post Office.
01 Nov 1914
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Able Seaman
HMS Good Hope Royal Navy
(RFR/CH/B/2842). At the outbreak of war, Joseph immediately joined up as a Naval Reserve man and in a short time was a crew member of HMS Good Hope. She became the flagship of Rear Admiral Cradock of the South American station during August: 1914. Sunk by gunfire on 1st November 1914 by the German armoured cruisers SMS Scharnhorst and SMS Gneisenau off the Chilean Coast during the battle of Coronel, the entire crew was lost. His body was never found for burial but is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Joseph Keight Worksop Guardian 11 Dec 1914 Above we produce a photograph of Joseph Keight, a Naval Reserve man, who went down with the “Good Hope”. From January this year up to the outbreak of war Keight was employed as a postman on the Worksop Post Office staff. He answered the recall on July 13th 1914 and rated to the ill-fated ship. Keight resided at 33 Cheapside, Worksop and was a widower with one child. Added 18 2 2015 ACTION IN THE PACIFIC The global nature of the war was evidenced by the entry of Japan on the allied side in August 1914. The German base for its East Asiatic Squadron at Tsingtau on the Chinese mainland thus became untenable. The squadron, under the command of Vice–admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee with his flag in the Scharnhorst, headed for home via the Cape Horn route. Its strength was the quality of its ship, guns and well trained crews but its weakness was the need to obtain coal to fire the boilers. The British Admiralty sent an under strength and undertrained scratch force to intercept the German squadron under the command of the experienced and well respected Rear-admiral Sir Christopher Craddock with his flag on HMS Good Hope an aging (built in the pre Dreadnaught age in 1901) Drake Class armoured cruiser. Craddock, who had received many and often misleading signals from the Admiralty, engaged the German squadron off Cape Coronel, Chile on 1 November 1914 probably hoping to inflict sufficient damage to slow the Germans pending the arrival of a stronger British presence led by two modern big gun Dreadnaughts. It was a hopeless cause and the Good Hope went down with 900 hands as a result of the German gunfire causing her to blow up. Amongst those lost in this terrible manner were three Worksop men. Arthur Beldham, Alfred Ernest Collier and Joseph Keight. The First Sea Lord, one Winston Churchill, nevertheless stated that ‘I cannot accept for the Admiralty any share in the responsibility...’ The precursor to these events was the Royal Naval Review of 20 July 1914 at Spithead off the Isle of Wight comprising over 100 vessels including 56 battleships. Worksop naval reservists were called back to the fleet on 13 July and remained there after the review as the First Sea Lord, anticipating the outbreak of the war, decreed that the fleet should not demobilise. HMS Good Hope had been commissioned for the mobilisation with 90% of its officers and crew being taken from the reserve giving them no chance to undertake effective training before entering into action. Able Seaman 3.5870 ARTHUR BELDHAM was the 22 year old son of William and Eliza Beldham of 7 Brook Terrance off Newcastle Avenue who had brought up a family of 8 children. Arthur had signed up as a sailor before the war and was specially trained as a diver. This was a tragic time for Mr. & Mrs. Beldham as they had buried their son Robert, aged 24, only two weeks before hearing the news of Arthur’s death. Able Seaman 215083 ALFRED ERNEST COLLIER was the 30 year old son of David and Mary Collier. He had been brought up at 14, Lowtown Street with three brothers and two sisters. His father was a bricklayer’s labourer and Alfred had worked as a coal hewer at the pit before joining the Royal Navy. Mrs. Collier had lost her husband in January 1912 and was living with her daughter Mrs. Alice Clarke at 128, Carlton Road when she learnt of Alfred’s death. A report states that another son held a post as a chief gunnery instructor at Plymouth and that a further son David was serving with the Sherwood Foresters but he was soon to be discharged because of his bad eyesight. Mary Collier lived on until 1939. Able Seaman 198973 JOSEPH KEIGHT at age 37 was of somewhat advanced years to serve as an Able Seaman. He had been born in Birmingham in 1877 and then saw service in the Royal Navy including serving in the Mediterranean Sea aboard HMS Ramillies. After discharge from the navy and having married in 1907, he and his wife Winifred set up home in Collinghurst Manchester where Winifred gave birth to a son George Frederick in May 1909. Joseph worked as an assistant postman. Unfortunately Winifred died in the Spring of 1912 and Joseph and young George moved to Worksop to live with his sister Mrs A. Leyland at 6a, Cheapside with Joseph continuing to work for the Post Office until his recall. It is likely that George was brought up in the Leyland household after the death of his father Obviously none of the bodies of the dead were recovered for burial but the crew of HMS Good Hope are remembered by being named on the Chatham Naval Memorial. he is commemorated on the Chatham naval memorial
CWG additional information:- Son of George and Emily Keight, of Birmingham. Remembered on Worksop Post Office, Priory Church and Worksop Cenotaph.
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  • photo is of Joseph Keight who served on the HMS Good Hope. 
photo courtesy of the Worksop Borough Roll of Honour
    Joseph Keight - photo is of Joseph Keight who served on the HMS Good Hope. photo courtesy of the Worksop Borough Roll of Honour