Aubrey Charles KEECH


KEECH, Aubrey Charles

Service Number: 3213
Enlisted: 31 October 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rylstone, New South Wales, Australia, 27 July 1895
Home Town: Rylstone, Mid-Western Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 1 October 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

31 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3213, 56th Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3213, 56th Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3213, 56th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Aubrey Keech was from a family of 16 children, the son of Edwin Harris and Charlotte Henrietta Keech of Rylstone, New South Wales. His older brother, 752 Cpl. Kenneth Gordon Keech was an original Anzac and was killed in action at Pozieres with the 2nd Battalion on the 24 July 1916.

His death was reported in the Mudgee Guardian 21 October 1918, only three weeks before the armistice, “The sad news came through on Saturday morning, by way of a telegram from the military authorities to the Rev. W. Danks, Superintendent of the Mudgee Methodist Circuit, of the death in action, in France, of Pte. Aubrey C. Keech, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Keech Lilydale, Rylstone, and a member of the well-known district family of that name. Pte. Aubrey C. Kcech, who was about 25 years of age, was the second son to sacrifice his life in the great war. The brother who earlier paid the supreme penalty was Corporal Kenneth Keech, who fell a little over two years ago. Pte. Aubrey C. Kecch was an exceptionally fine specimen of young Australian manhood, and was greatly beloved by all who knew him, left Australia on his way for the front in November, 1916. Prior to enlisting he was working on his father's farm. A third brother, Private Percy Keech, has also enlisted, and was to have left Mudgee for camp on Saturday, when he was arrested by the sad news of his brother's death, and was given indefinite leave by the recruiting staff at Mudgee.”