070 of 876 - Capt Cecil Alexander Headlam Keenlyside Old H (Ely) Company 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment Died 20th July 1915 aged 34

Husband of Gladys M. Watkins (formerly Keenlyside) and son to the late Mr F. H. Keenlyside, Barrister-in-law, Gallylaw, Weybridge

He was educated at Charterhouse and Trinity College Oxford, while at Oxford he enlisted in the Oxford Light Infantry and served in the South African War

He was a true Imperialist, and in politics a staunch Conservative being a Vice-President of the Ely Conservative Club

Capt Keenlyside formally had a hemp factory at Prickwillow

He was an all rounder at the Ely City Cricket Club and was invited to play for the county.

He is remembered with Honour at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery Armentieres

He was killed by a shell whilst on the road towards the trenches a fragment hit him in the throat severing his artery. A doctor was with him within 7 minutes but he never regained consciousness and died soon after

Capt Cecil Alexander Headlam Keenlyside is remembered with honour at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres

Transcript from Ely Rural Deanery Magazine

War News – Herbert Ramsey, who was wounded in the head by a piece of shrapnel about six weeks ago, is doing well at the base hospital in France.  Herbert and Harold Burns have been in the firing line.  They have lately had special lessons in bomb throwing.

It was Harold who picked up Capt Keenlyside mortally wounded by stray shrapnel.  Arthur and Walter Fretwell have been recently in the trenches.

Keith Wainwright