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Private William Keith 16th BTN
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Hello
My grandmother's first husband was killed on 4/11/18 at the Battle of the Sambre-Oise Canal. His name and army details are Private William 'Billy' Keith 65034.They lived in Gateshead near Newcastle. He started off, I think, in the Army Service Corps, in 1914 and ended up in the 16th BTN Lancashire Fusiliers in 1918. I have been able to find out a little about the events of 4/11/1918 (mainly because the poet Wilfred Own was killed in the same battle so there are lots of written pieces about it). I don't think my grandma knew much at allabout his death.
William was born in 1886 in Newcastle to John and Jane Keith, who came from Aberdeen. So he was 28 when the war started and 32 when he died.
He and Eleanor 'Nellie' had married in 1909 and had two childre, Elizabeth (1910-1912) and William 'Billy' (1916-1969) .
She married my grandad about 15 months later. He was a neighbour who was 10 years older than her. They had another 10 children. She kept Billy's medals and some photos of him 8n his uniform standing next to the horses he looked after.His son Billy had these after her death and they were passed down in turn to his son, also called Billy Keith. Unfortunately, they wete lost in a house move. I have the letter she received with his medals and a copy of a photo of him I found in a scrapbook in Gateshead Library-a local person had cut out photos from the local paper at the time, of every soldier who died in action and stuck them in a scrapbook. I also have a photo of his grave in Ors Communal Cemetery.
It is 100 years on Sunday 4th November since he died. I just wanted to mark that and remember him.
If anyone has any other info or photos of the BTN at that time I would be very grateful for anything shared.
Thank you
Elaine


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