Lt Col Geoffrey Charles Tasker Keyes VC (Plaque)

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Reference WMO262836

Address:

St Mary Magdalene Church

Church Lane

Tingewick

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Brass
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Lt Col Keyes was killed leading a raid on Rommel's HQ in Libya. The photo is of the lower portion of a memorial to his father Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, who n himself died as the long term result of smoke inhalation during a Japanese air raid in the far East in 1945. Sir Roger is best known for his damning contribution to the debate which brought down the Chamberlain government in May 1940, which he delivered in full uniform.
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IN MEMORY OF/ ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET SIR ROGER JOHN BROWNLOW KEYES BT/ 1ST BARON KEYES OF ZEEBRUGGE AND DOVER/ GCB KCVO CMG DSO DCL LLD MP/ GC ORDER OF LEOPOLD GO LEGION OF HONOUR CROIX DE GUERRE DSM/ BORN 4TH OCTOBER 1872 DIED 26TH DECEMBER 1945/ SIXTY YEARS OUTSTANDING SERVICE IN THE ROYAL NAVY (CHINA 1900 TWO GREAT WARS 1914-1918 1939-1945)/ HE WAS THE FIRST CHIEF OF COMBINED OPERATIONS/ HE DIED AS A RESULT OF INJURIES RECEIVED ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN THE FAR EAST/ ST GEORGE FOR ENGLAND/ ALSO OF HIS ELDEST SON/ LT COLONEL GEOFFREY CHARLES TASKER KEYES VC MC CROIX DE GUERRE/ THE ROYAL SCOTS GREYS AND 11TH (SCOTTISH) COMMANDO/ BORN 18TH MAY 1917 - KILLED 18TH NOVEMBER 1941/ LEADING THE RAID ON GENERAL ROMMELS HQ, SIDI RAFA LIBYA/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE/ THIS TABLET WAS PART OF LORD KEYES' OLD FLAGSHIP HMS WARSPITE/ ERECTED BY FRIENDS AND THE ROYAL NAVAL OLD COMRADES ASSOCIATION

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