H. G. Keene.

  Very little information on this soldier exists in what records there are of the HCB that exist - the only details in those that are available indicate that he held the service number 290009 in the 2/1st Battalion.  It is not indicated in which company he served.  This is typical of the lack of information available on some men that served in the HCB.

Much more information has been provided by his grand-daughter Rosemary.

H. G. Keene served in both the 5th Bedford Regiment, 2nd/5th Beds. and 2/1st [Reserve] Hunts Cyclist Battalion. He began his military career in1887 when he joined the 1st Norfolk artilery  volunteers, he resigned with the rank of sergeant in1893 , in 1894 he joined the 4th Volunteer Battalion the Norfolk Regiment on his move to Biggleswade he was transferred with the rank of lance sergeant in the 3rd V. B Bedfordshire regiment this was in 1898 on the disbanding of the volunteers in 1908 he then enlisted in the 5th battalion Beds Regiment with the rank of colour sergeant.  Upon the outbreak of war, in 1914, he was mobilised and served with the 5th Beds, he was demobilised in January 1919 with the rank of quarter master sergeant,  His medals included the long service (21 years) volunteers service medal of which he was very proud.

Many thanks to Rosemary for providing the above details.

If you can help with any data on this Huntingdonshire Cyclist please contact me at huntscycles@btinternet.com

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09/04/2012

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