Sidney Fleetwood KEELING
Rank: Gunner
Number: 50574
Unit: 34th Siege Battery ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 25 December 1915
Age: 19
Cemetery: Vielle-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture, Pas de Calais, France

Sid was born in the Ardwick area of Manchester in 1896. Nothing is known of his early life but, by the time of the Great War, the family had moved to Stockport where his father, Edwin, was landlord of the White Lion Hotel at 22 Great Underbank. Sid worked for Mr Heap Holland of Mottram St Andrew who owned a garage in Alderley Edge.

Few records survive of the Siege Batteries which included the heaviest armaments in the British Army. They would be used to pound enemy defences. During Christmas 1914, there was an informal truce along many several parts of the Western Front but, a year further on in the War, there was no respite. Although it was generally a quiet day, Sid was one of 40 British troops to be killed in action in Belgium and France.

   
           
   
     
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