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Keesey, John Howard

Previously reported missing at Arnhem, now officially reported died as prisoner of war - Capt. John Howard Keesey, R.A.M.C. British Medical Journal 3 Feb. 1945


First name(s)John Howard
Date of birth1916
Place of birthKendal Registration District
Family detailsSon of George Ernest Howard Keesey, and Violet Marian Keesey; husband of Susette Keesey, of Glasshouse, Waterford, Irish Republic.
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
Dates at college1937-1940
Dept / courseNatural Science Tripos
QualificationsM.B. (Cantab.).
Military unitRoyal Army Medical Corps, attd. 1st Airborne Div
Service number199991
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death02-Oct-44
Age at death28
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathArnhem
Cause of deathDied of wounds as a Prisoner of War after being shot by a German sentry when trying to escape from an ambulance train at Apeldoorn
Burial placeBecklingen War Cemetery, Germany
Commemoration(s)St. Thomas’ s Roll of Honour in the chapel; In St. Mark's Church, Natland, Cumbria, there is a window to the memory of George Ernest Howard Keesey and John Howard Keesey

His home address in 1937 was Fisherflat, nr. Kendal, Westmorland

The engagement is announced between Lieutenant John Howard Keesey R.A.M.C., son of the late Captain G. E. Howard Keesey (killed in action 1916), and of Mrs Howard Keesey, Fisherflat, Kendal, and Susette, youngest daughter of the Rt. Rev. the Lord Bishop of Cashel and Mrs Harvey, Bishopsgate, Waterford, Eire. St. Thomas’s Hospital Gazette 1941

SourcesSt Thomas’ s Hospital Medical School Records, King’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal;

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