Bertram Lonsdale Keesham MC, Northamptonshire Reg

There is some doubt, due to transcriptions as to whether he was "Keeshan" or "Keesham". He was born Keesham and died Keesham, but the army used both

1882 Aug 26. Born Sheffield, Yorkshire. His father retired with rank of Quartermaster Captain.

1891 census at Raglan Barracks, Stoke Damerel

1899 Jan 7 Joined the Railway as a Junior Clerk in Basingstoke

1900 May Resigned from Railway

1901 census Not at home with his parents. At The Barracks Hospital, Canterbury, Kent. A patient at . Soldier in the Hussars.

1911 Census

1913 Married West Bromwich, Staffs to Matilda M Toon

1914 Aug 10. Landed in France.

1917 Jun 22. Commissioned 2nd Lt. North's Reg .— Lce.Cpl. Bertram Keesham (sic) , from 3rd Hrs

1918 Dec 27. Promoted Lt.

1919 Apr 1. MC Gazetted. 2nd Lt. Bertram Lonsdale Keeshan, 1st Bn., North'n R. For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership while commanding a company during an attack on 17th October, 1918, near Vaux Andigny. In spite of thick fog and machine gun fire, he led his company on to the first objective. Later, he led his men to the attack and capture of La Vallee Mulatre, capturing and killing many of the enemy. He has done consistent good service

1920 Mar 17. North'n R.—Lt. B. Keeshan, M.C., retires receiving a gratuity. .

1920 Dec 20 Joined ADRIC with service no 1296. Posted to Depot Coy

1921 Jan 21. Discharged Medically unfit.

1930 Jul/Sep Died Epsom, Surrey aged 48


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