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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Keeling, George Dennison

George Dennison Keeling
was born on 19th April 1897. 

He was the son of John William Keeling and Elizabeth Keeling.  In 1901 the family were living in house 71, South Parade, Ormeau, Belfast.  They were all recorded as being of Society of Friends faith.  By 1911, Keeling was residing in a boarding school at number 19.1, St. Laurence Street, St. Laurence Gate, Co. Louth.   There were 4 teachers and 20 pupils in the school on Census Day 1911. 
On 23rd October 1913, Keeling joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  He was of Church of Ireland faith.  Transfers to Shaftesbury Square (1914) and Head Office (1915) followed. 
On 1st January 1915 he volunteered and enlisted into the 6th Bn. Black Watch. 

The Belfast News Letter of 8th October 1915 reporting:

There is no explanation of the age reported as 48.

The London Gazette records a 2nd Lieutenant G D Keeling relinquishing his temporary commission as of 7th May 1916. 
He rejoined the Northern Bank on 3rd July 1916.
On 6th January 1917, Keeling volunteered again. 

The picture on the Roll of Honour indicates that Keeling may have been awarded the Military Medal.
He rejoined the Northern Bank on 3rd February 1919 at Head Office.  He was then transferred to Downpatrick (1919) and then back to Head Office (1919).  

Northern Banking Company Limited, Downpatrick

Keeling is remembered on the Roll of Honour in St Jude's Parish Church, Belfast.

[Photo courtesy of John McCormick]

Keeling resigned on 28th February 1920. 

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