LEST WE FORGET

Cadet Thomas Llewellyn KEEN MC

Service No: 210
Born: Canterbury, England, June 1890
Enlisted in the Army: 30 October 1914
Unit: No. 6 (Training) Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Awarded the Military Cross (MC)
Died: Injuries from an Aircraft Accident, England, 12 March 1919, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Leighterton Church Cemetery, Leighterton, Gloucestershire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Benion Keen and Mary Keen, of 57, Heathfield Avenue, Dover
Place of Association: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

MC Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in maintaining communication between squadrons.  To do this he had to expose himself to exceptionally heavy rifle fire and machine gun fire, and it was owing to his resource in taking and sending message that the regiment was kept together.  (Commonwealth Gazette No. 15 dated 4 February 1919).

On 12 March 1919, Cadet Keen was killed when his aircraft dived through dense low lying mist to ascertain his whereabouts and hit a fallen tree at Misarden Park near Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire.  No further details of the accident are given in his Service Record.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, KEEN THOMAS LLEWELLYN

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