William Charles Keeping

Date of birth: 4th August 1882
Place of birth: New Cross, London
Regiment: Royal Marines
Battalion: Band
Rank / Service No: Musician, RMB/661
Died: 4th February 1919, aged 37 years
Buried: Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton


William was the younger of 2 siblings born to William Charles and Ellen Keeping (nee Fretter), who married in Wandsworth in 1878.


It must be assumed that Ellen died young, because William proceeded to have a further 3 children with his second wife.


William Charles Snr. was born in Southampton in 1857. After Ellen’s death, he married Catherine Pringle Buteux in Southwark on 27 June 1886.


William died in Croydon in 1898, with Catherine passing away in the same place in 1947.



Eleanor Maud   b. 1879 Wandsworth   d. ??   Married Charles Ryan in Battersea on 10 June 1905.

Half sister Louise Catherine   b. 1887 Wandsworth   d. 1887 Wandsworth

Half sister Louisa Catherine   b. 1889 Battersea   d. 1972 Croydon   Married Edwin George Arnold in Croydon in 1910.

Half brother Jesse Herbert   b.. 21 June 1892 Wandsworth   d. 1950 Bromley   Married Florence M. Coomes in Croydon in 1925.


During the 1911 Census, William is visiting 69 year old George Sawle in Lambeth; any connection is unknown.



William was originally enlisted in the Royal Navy (# CH/14454) before transferring to the RMB.


He enrolled into the RMB on 6 October 1904 at Eastney (near Portsmouth), which is the home of the Royal Marines Band.


There is no detail whatsoever about William’s death.





Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th October 2016


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