George Thomas Keen


George Thomas Keen


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Royal Garrison Artillery
10th Fire Command

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

United Kingdom

Headstone Inscription

Stiil Missed

UK & Other Memorials

Berkhamsted War memorial,
Not on the Northchurch memorials

Pre War

George Thomas was born in Northchurch in 1879 to Joseph Keen and Eliza (nee Geary).

In 1901 George married Sarah Jane Sterne and they lived with his older brother George and his family. By 1911 George was living in Cromer and working as a gardener. There would be 2 sons and 3 daughters.

Wartime Service

George was conscripted in to Royal Garrison Artillery on 1 July 1916  giving his address as Leason, Rye Sussex. 

After training at Bexhill and Aldershot he was posted to BEF on 2 Jan 1918. By 23 Aug 1918 he was admitted to hospital and evacuated to UK to Hospital in Birmingham.

He had a number of spells in hospitals culminating in Eastern General Hosp. Brighton suffering from Bronchitis and Pneumonia. He died on 2 Feb 1919 with his wife Sarah at his bedside. He was interred in St Marys Churchyard. His widow later resided at Swing Gate Lane, Great Berkhamstead, Herts

Additional Information

His wife, Mrs. S. J. Keen, 9, Swing Gate Lane, Great Berkhamstead, Herts. ordered his headstone inscription: "Stiil Missed".

War Gratuity £15 and arrears of £17 19s 11d together with pension of 37s 11d paid to widow Sarah.


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