Lieutenant - Highland Light Infantry, City of Glasgow Regiment - Service No. 245335
Roy Thomas Keeble was born on 8th August 1913 in Chelsea. His father was Harold George Keeble, his mother was Lydia Ellen (née Walker). The first school that he attended was Cecil Road School in Gravesend.
In 1925 Roy Keeble joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists Roy’s address as 45 Whitehill Road, Gravesend. Whilst at the School, Roy played for both the 1st XI Football Team and the 1st XV Rugby Team.
In 1930 Roy left the School and became an apprentice at a printing works, marrying Phyllis May Lewis in 1941. A daughter was born in 1943. He enlisted in the Highland Light Infantry as a Lieutenant in the City of Glasgow Regiment, Service Number 245335.
Taking part in the D-Day Landings, Operation Overlord, Roy Keeble was hit by sniper fire during the Battle for Caen. He died on 26th June 1944, age 30. He is remembered at St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, Calvados, France, VI. B. 6.
There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest: