Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Unspecified British Units
Born: Malvern, Melbourne Victoria, 1894
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne Grammar School
Occupation: Warehouseman
Died: Died of Illness (post-op complications), London, England, 4 December 1916
Cemetery: Brompton Cemetery
Plot E, Row 3, Grave 173924
Memorials: MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Malvern St George's Anglican Church Honour Roll, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

4 Dec 1916: Involvement Lieutenant, Officer, Unspecified British Units

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Keith Debenham who died of wounds in London on 4th December 1916 was the son of Mr. R. Debenham.  He was born in 1894 and entered the Prep  in 1903 and came to the Senior School in 1907 leaving in 1910.  He went into his father's warehouse for a while, and after some time in England and France went to England on the outbreak of war and joned the Highland Light Infantry.  His Battalion, the 3rd, in which he was Lieutenant, was ordered to Mesopotamia in March 1916 and in the operations for the relief of Kut-el-Amara he was severely wounded in the thigh.  He was sent down to Bombay, and having spent some months in the hospital there was transferred to London for a necessary operation, which unhappily was followed by his death.

War Services Old Melburnians 1914 - 1918


Son of Rebort and Grace DEBENHAM of Melbourne, Aust.