Thomas Richard Keating

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Thomas Keating, Courtesy Elaine & Graham Keating, Geraldine Conyard and Jenny West.
Keating, Lance-Corporal Thomas Richard no. 1290.

33rd Battalion D Company.

“Killarney” Sharp Street [i.e. Kingsgrove Road], Belmore.

Tailor’s presser.

Enlisted 31/1/1916, aged 23.

Single.

Catholic.

Next of kin, father, R. Keating, “Killarney” Sharp Street, Belmore.

Embarked Sydney 4/5/1916 per HMAT A74 Marathon

Returned to Australia 12/6/1919.

Married Mona M. Sedgewick 1926.

Roll of Honour, Canterbury District.




Thomas Keating, France.

Further infromation provided and information and photograph provided by Thomas Richard Keating's relatives Elaine & Graham Keating, Geraldine Conyard and Jenny West.

Tom Keating is remembered by his family as “Uncle Tom”. He lived at the family home, ‘Killarney’, in Belmore, was one of seven children, and worked as a tailor in town.

Tom refereed boxing matches while sailing home to Australia.
When the Keating family farewelled Tom at Belmore Station on his way to service overseas, his mother said she felt she’d buried Tom right then and there. Tom was attached to the 33rd Battalion. He arrived on the Western Front into France’s coldest winter in 40 years.
Tom returns home to “Killarney” in Belmore, 10th August, 1919.

He also had a number of titles as a featherweight boxing champion under his belt.




Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.

Note

An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.

Reference

Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002