Other names: William Henry
Locations in this story: Paddington, LondonFrance & FlandersChesterCatterick, YorkshireWest Ham, EssexQueens Park, LondonKensington, LondonIwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: William Henry Keirle was born in Paddington, London, on 22 Nov 1893 the son of Matthew George Keirle and Elizabeth Ann Keirle (nee Clisby). He spent his early years in Paddington but by 1911 had taken employment at Iwerne Minster House, Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset, apparently working as Gentleman's Valet, Butler and Chauffeur to Lord Ismay. He had joined the Royal Fusiliers Militia (Hampshire Caribiniers) on 2 May 1911 as a Private (Service No. 14745). He completed a special course and was then discharged at his own request on 27 Nov 1913. He had re-enlisted on 8 May 1915 and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 8760) and ended up as part of the Machine Gun Corps becoming in due time a Tank Driver in the Tanks Corps (Service No. 94830). He had served in France and Flanders where he received gun shot wounds to his Right Arm and Leg. He was repatriated to the UK and spent time at the Chester War Hospital eventually being posted to Catterick Camp, Yorkshire. He was discharged in Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He then went to live in West Ham, Essex, until by the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 40 Great Western Road, Queens Park, London, working as a Provisions Assistant and still single. His death was recorded in the Kensington, London, Registry during 1968. His name appears on a Roll of Honour published privately in Iwerne Minster.