Researched and written by Anne Wright
Pte T G Keene
Thomas George Keene was the son of a carpenter and grandson of a fisherman born on 4 June 1888 in Weybridge and baptised at St. James’ Church a few weeks later on 14 July. His paternal family were long-term inhabitants of the town, his father, Charles’ childhood home having been in Thames Street. Charles married Mary Howe, a native of Owston, Yorkshire on 8 January 1885 at St. James’ Church. Thomas was the younger of their two sons, Charles Alfred being his older sibling. Their home, by 1891, was Palace Gardens Lodge. Mary Keene died between 1891 and 1895 as Charles remarried to Rosanna Gunn on 19 August of the latter year. Charles died eleven years later and in 1911 Charles Jnr and Thomas lived with their step-mother at Exmouth Villa, Elm Grove Road. Both young men were employed: Charles as an accountant with the Urban Electric Supply Company and Thomas was a sorting clerk and telegraphist with the Post Office.
Thomas enlisted in Woking. He joined the Royal Engineers. His final posting was to Fenny Stratford Signal Depot. Thomas died of congested lungs and heart failure at the Central Schools Military Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire on 25 January 1917. He was brought home to Weybridge and buried in Walton and Weybridge Cemetery (2214). Thomas’s brother, Charles remained in the town, his final address being Sunia, 26 Weybridge Park which he shared with his wife. He died in St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey on 2 February 1963.
Death Certificate of Thomas George Keene, General Register Office
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1966, 1973-1995, www.ancestry.co.uk
Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912, www.ancestry.co.uk
Surrey, England, Church of England Marriages 1754-1937, www.ancestry.co.uk