Frederick Keen

Date of birth: 26th May 1879
Place of birth: Ormskirk, Lancashire
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Rank / Service No: Chief Yeoman of Signals, 186639
Died: 1st October 1919, aged 40 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Most unusually, it is cannot be proven who Frederick’s parents were. From the 1881 Census, it is probably correct to assume that Alice Mary Keen was his mother.

She was living with her father and siblings during that Census in Ormskirk. She married Stephen Masters in that town in 1900.


Alice was born in Bromborough on 29 April 1857. In 1939 she was a widow, living in Poole.

She probably married again, but this information cannot be confirmed.


Frederick, a printer by trade, enlisted in the Royal Navy on 26 May 1897 on his eighteenth birthday, whilst still living in the north of England.


On 14 January 1904, in Liverpool, Frederick married Emily Wheeler. Emily had been born in Liverpool on 3 April 1881.

The couple moved to Southampton sometime between 1908 and 1911, a fact proven by the birth details of their 3 children, before moving to Portsmouth.


Frederick William   b. 23 April 1908 Liverpool   d. 1984 Southampton   Married Elsie M. Warwick in Southampton in 1936.

Maud M.   b. 1911 Southampton   d. 1914 Portsmouth

Margaret Mary   b. 1914 Portsmouth   d. 2001 New Forest   Married Joseph H. March in Southampton in 1939. Married John Montgomery in Southampton in 1948.



Emily married John Brusey in Southampton in 1930 and passed away in Southampton in 1974.

It is known that Frederick was serving in the Far East at the time of the 1911 Census.


After the outbreak of war he saw service in the North Sea, aboard HMS Princess Royal and Cordelia.


It is known that Frederick was invalided out of the Navy on 6 December 1917, on medical grounds.


This may have contributed to his death.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th October 2016


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