Keen, Arthur William. Died 9th May 1915

Arthur William Keen was born in 1896 in Rugby and baptised in St Andrews Church on 17th July. His parents were George Keen and Ellen (nee Powers). George was a Carpenter living at 19 Cross Street.

In 1901 the family were at 12 Winfield Street. By the 1911 census Arthur was aged 14 and a Stewards Assistant in a Club. He lived with his family at 23 Cambridge Street. When the war started he was apprenticed to Mr Bodycote as a carpenter.

Arthur Keen joined the Rifle Brigade in September 1914 and was reported missing after heavy fighting on 9th May 1915 at the Battle of Aubers Ridge.

By 9th May 1915 his parents had been told that he had been wounded and a comrade had written to say that he was missing. In September the Rugby Advertiser announced that he was still missing, but it was not until April 1916 that Arthur William Keen was officially declared killed in action.

He was aged 19. His service number was 450. His Commonwealth War Grave record states he was in the 2nd Battalion of the Rifles.

He is remembered on Panel 10 of the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton
Hainaut, Belgium.

 

RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM

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