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William Thomas Keeton's birth surname was Staton. He was born in 1898 the son of Thomas an engine driver in a lace factory and Elizabeth Staton (née Greaves) of Nottingham. Thomas Staton was born in 1854 at New Brinsley. Elizabeth Greaves was born in 1860 and died in 1899 aged 39. They had two children Elizabeth b.1878 and William Thomas b.1898. In 1911, William Thomas (shown as an adopted child) was living at 265, Alfreton Road, Nottingham with his adopted mother Harriett Keeton and her daughter Harriett Turton Keeton (33) a milliner. William Staton's pension record card shows his dependent as Harriett Turton Keeton (foster mother) of 58, Cottesmore Road, Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham.
He was a member of All Saints choir, a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Bible Class.
18 Oct 1918
904337 - CWGC Website
Royal Field Artillery
William Thomas Staton enlisted at Nottingham and served in 'C' battery 251st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He was captured on 27th May 1918 and died at Laugenselys in Germany as a prisoner of war from pneumonia. He is buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Germany, Grave Reference: VI G 7
This man is listed on the All Saints Church memorial under his adopted name of William Thomas Keeton, his correct name being William Thomas Staton under which he served. All Saints church news, February 1919 (War Obituaries): 'William Thomas Keeton, 58 Cottesmore Road. Died in Germany (where he was a prisoner of war) during October last [1918], aged 20 years. A member of the choir, Sunday School teacher and a member of the Bible Class, he was an active communicant, adherent of our church.' Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 1 February 1919: 'Staton. Gunner W Staton RFA, died of pneumonia October 18th 1918 while a prisoner of war in Germany. Sister, Lizzie.'
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