Joseph Daniel Keleher

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Eastleigh
Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent)
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 202762
Died: 28th June 1918, aged 19 years
Commemorated: Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium


Joseph was the younger of 2 sons born to Francis John and Annie Louise Keleher (nee Rogers), who married in Winchester in 1895.

There is some census information that suggests there was a daughter, Elsie, but she was born in Lambeth in 1892; there are no other corroborative records.


Francis was born in Preston in 1867 and he died in Southampton in 1929.

Annie was born in Berkshire on 17 July 1866 and she lived until she was 93 years old, passing away in Southampton in 1960.


Alfred William Arthur b. 30 October 1896 Eastleigh   d. 1978 Glamorgan   Married Dorothy Finn in Southampton in 1924.


Joseph is found at St. Nicholas Industrial School, in East Ham, at the 1911 Census.



He originally enlisted in the 5th Hampshire battalion (#18247) in September 1914, but it’s not known when or why he transferred.

The 1st Royal West Kent were stationed in Dublin as part of the 13th Brigade in the 5th Division at the outbreak of war.


The division landed at Le Havre in mid August 1914 and were directly involved in the retreat from Mons.


The division was involved in all the big battles of WW1 including both battles at Ypres, the Somme and Passchendaele.


In December 1917, the division was moved to Italy to strengthen the Italian resistance but was back in France by the end of April 1918.


There is no specific battle where Joseph lost his life. The Battle of Hazebrouck was in mid April 1918 and the Battle of Albert did not start until 1st July.


He must have perished during the everyday fighting on the front line.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th October 2016


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