Joseph Henry and George William Keep
When Joseph Henry Keep answered the call to enlist and fight for his country in
the First World War, the Recruiting Sergeant asked him what his occupation was, Joseph replied that he was a shoe maker. the
Sergeant then produced some spring nails from his pocket and asked Joseph to show him how he would make a boot. Instinctively
Joseph threw the nails into his mouth, and the Sergeant stopped him straight away, and announced that he was now a member of the Royal
Army Ordnance Corp. Many other recruits were claiming to be shoe makers to avoid going to the front, so the small test was devised
to see who was telling the truth. A shoemaker always holds his nails in his mouth to free both hands to use them. So Joseph
spent the War Years doing his day job wearing a uniform provided for him. His brother,
George, whose letter home in 1945 is to the right, was a Surgical Technician and Medical NCO, S/Sgt, with the 115th General Hospital in England, France, and Germany and worked in wards of injured soldiers. His duties as Surgical Technician included caring for these men by administering medicines, injections, and plasma and keeping medical records. As Medical NCO, he interviewed technicians for placement and kept detailed personnel records. His letter indicates that he was also an M. P. in Germany. During the war, he attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where he studied engineering, mathematics, and science as well as history and English. His active service was from Feb.27,1943 to April 16, 1946.
Captain Douglas Scrivener Howard Keep
An account of the action of Douglas Scrivener Howard Keep, who was awarded the Military Cross MC, July, 1917, in WW I:
Captain, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th July 1917 in
Buried in Reninghelst New
Douglas Scrivener Howard Keep of Broomfield Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, born 17 Jun 1893 in St. Leonards, Sydney Colony, and registered in 1893 in St Leonards, died 14 Jul 1917 in Belgium aged 24 during active service in WW I.
Major Leslie Howard Keep
An account of the action of Major Leslie Howard Keep, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his part in the action of September 21, 1918, at Ronssoy, France:
KEEP, Leslie Howard, M.C., Temporary Major, 7th Battn. Bedfordshire Regt. attached 2nd Battn.
At Ronssoy, on 21 Sept. 1918, he commanded the 2nd Battn. Bedfordshire Regt. with marked success. His skill, energy and determination enabled his battalion to hold the ground they won under great difficulties, and to improve their position during the following night. He made personal reconnaissance of the ground under constant machine-gun fire, resulting in the clearing up of a very involved situation. Leslie won the D.S.O. for his part in the 28th September 1916 assault on the Schwaben Redoubt, the same battle in which his brother Douglas won his Military Cross.
War Diary of The
Bedfordshire Regiment 2nd Battalion in
His death in 1922:
KEEP, Major Leslie Howard, D.S.O. M.C., son of the late
John Howard Keep; b. 1886; ed. at Malvern; Major Bedfordshire Regt.; European War 1914-18 (dispatches, M.C., D.S.O.,; cr. D.S.O. 1919).
Royal Automobile and Alpine Clubs.
Born 05 Oct 1886 in Auckland New Zealand and died 20 Jan 1922
in Piz Muraigl Samedan near Pontresina
After 2 months of that, he and two friends requested a transfer to carrier duty, which was
granted to the two friends but not to Phil. Phil was assigned to another air facility in
After the war, Phil remained in the active reserves until retirement in 1962, during which time he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and then Commander.
Arthur Joseph Keep served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He was a pilot in Bomber Command, 114 Squadron,
and flew the Bristol Blenheim. The photograph shows him, third from the left with his flight crew and ground support staff. When
he went to enlist he stated that he wanted to join the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, but the Officer from Royal Air Force, talked him
into joining them. After completing his training and a few flights over
THE FIGHTING KEEPS ARE HOME AGAIN
Holloway is Proud of Them
Every few days at No 146 George’s Road, Holloway, a party is being held by Mr. and Mrs. Keep to celebrate the return home of a member of their family. The reason is that there are about a dozen sons, son-in-laws, grandsons in the Forces.
Mr. Keep served in the last war, and so did his eldest son.
Keep, 41, is in the RAF, stationed in
prisoner of war now home is Sgt. William Speller, 28. He was taken prisoner at
Driver Charles Lowe has seen action in
This weekend another member of the family is expected to arrive home and
arrangements are being made for further celebrates. He is Dvr. Walter Heine who has been in
Thear, 25, has been in the RAF for three years, and is now on flying operations in the
member of the family is Royal Marine Fred Keep, grandson of Mr. Keep. He is 23, and came back from the
Sgt. Mike Keep, another grandson, will probably be home within the next two weeks from
Emmie Keep, Mr. Keep’s grand-daughter, is a corporal in the WAAF, and has seen four years service. She completes the family of fighting Keeps of whom Holloway is justly proud.