Other names: Alfred Claude
Locations in this story: Sixpenny Handley, DorsetFrance & FlandersAmesbury, WiltshireSalisbury, Wiltshire
Story: Alfred Claude Keats (more often known as Claude) was born in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 2 Jan 1896 and baptised there on 11 Mar 1896 the son of John James Keats, a Blacksmith, and Matilda Amelia Keats (nee Williams). He lived all his early life in Sixpenny Handley until he enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was placed on reserve until embodied on 27 Jun1916 joining the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. M2/193281). He served in France and Flanders from the 8 Oct 1916 with the 384th Motor Transport Company. He was discharged on 23 Oct 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. During one period of leave he had married Gertrude Helen Moore at the Parish Church, Amesbury, Wiltshire, on 26 Oct 1918. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 123 Earls Court Road, Amesbury, Wiltshire, working as a Lorry Driver. His death was recorded in Salisbury, Wiltshire, during 1968.