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  • Christina Drummond

Captain Guy Francis Headlam Keenlyside, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Captain Guy Francis Headlam Keenlyside, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), died from wounds received in action three days earlier on the Western Front.

The son of a barrister, he was educated at Charterhouse and attended the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Royal West Kent Regiment in 1899, and by September of 1904 had been promoted to Captain, serving in Aden, Malta, and Dublin. Between 1908 and 1910 he was Adjutant to the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the regiment, during which time his adjutancy became part of the 20th Battalion of the County of London Territorial Force.

His battalion, at that time in Dublin, mobilized for war on the 4th of August, 1914, and ten days later they sailed for France. They saw action during the Battle of Mons, and then were ordered to Cambrai during the great retreat to the River Marne. After enduring trench warfare and many casualties, they were in the line to the west of Neuve Chapelle by the 21st of October. The line was now four hundred and forty miles long, from the North Sea to the Swiss border. For the next three days the battalion came under heavy shell fire, with the loss of many officers. Captain Keenlyside was wounded on the 26th of October and taken to hospital in Boulogne, but sadly he died three days later, and was buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

Guy, from Evershot in Dorset, was 34 years old and married with two sons.

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