Albert John (Dink) KEEN

Albert John (Dink) KEEN

Male 1899 - 1983  (83 years)

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  • Name Albert John KEEN 
    Nickname Dink 
    Born 19 Dec 1899  Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Baptised 14 Jan 1900  Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Census 31 Mar 1901  Freefolk Cottages, Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence Jun 1901  Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census Apr 1911  Limerstone Cottage, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Confirmation 15 Mar 1914  Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    by Revd Silver 
    Military Service 11 Apr 1918 
    63 Company, RGA 
    Residence 1926  Chillerton, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Move 1935  Meadowbrook, Yard, Godshill, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1935  Downers Farm, Chale, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 7 Oct 1983  Palmers Road, Wootton, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Cremated Aft 7 Oct 1983  the Crematorium, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Physical Description Height 5' 9"; blue eyes; grey hair (1943) 
    Siblings 5 siblings 
    Notes 
    • 1899: Born at Laverstoke in Hampshire on Tuesday, 19 December. Birth registered at nearby Whitchurch, Hampshire, entry 23 of Register Book 23 on 28 Dec 1899.

      1901 census: Laverstoke, Freefolk Cottages
      Class: RG13; Piece: 1112; Folio: 91; Page: 12
      Joseph Keen 40 Gloster Lower Slaughter Head Gardener
      Mary Keen 40 Oxford Steeple Aston Wife
      Edward Keen 16 Gloster Lower Slaughter Son Paper Mill Hand
      Amelia Keen 13 Gloster Lower Swell Daur
      Edgar Keen 11 Gloster Upper Slaughter Son
      Cecil Keen 5 Hants Whitchurch Son
      Joseph Keen 2 Hants Whitchurch Son
      Albert Keen 1 Hants Whitchurch Son
      Florence Beck 20 Berks Reading Boarder Paper Mill Hand

      1901: Moved to Brighstone, Isle of Wight, sometime after the census was taken on 31 March. It would be really useful to view the Brighstone School Register to see when brothers and sister started school, or to view Parish Books that might indicate when Joseph was first employed by Revd Silver. Ths school register is in Brighstone Village Museum.

      Between 1906 and 1912 attendances at Brighstone CE School were recorded on Certificate of School Attendance on 20 Mar 1913 as: 1906 (421), 1908 (406), 1909 (415), 1910 (372), 1912 (401). Don't know what happened in 1907 and 1911

      1911 census: Limerstone Cottage, Brighstone
      RG14PN5767 RG78PN263 RD93 SD6 ED1 SN72
      Joseph Keen Head 50 Married Gardener Domestic Worker Gloucestershire Lower Slaughter
      Mary Ann Keen Wife 50 Married 27 6 6 0 Oxon Steeple Aston
      Cecil F Keen Son Single 15 Garden Lab Worker Hants Freefolk
      Harold Keen Son Single 12 School Hants Freefolk
      Albert Keen Son Single 11 School Hants Freefolk

      1913: Started work at The Mill (Yafford?) - source Post Card from Louise Jane Walker to Polly Keen dated 18 Dec 1913.

      Oct 1914-Nov 1916: Worked at Brighstone Mill

      1916 - April 1918: worked for Thomas, Gater, Bradfield & Co Ltd in their mills.

      1918: Joined Army in April as a Gunner (204519), RGA Regiment, 63 Company.
      Awarded the British War and Victory Medals. No Service or Pension record seems to have survived.

      1920: Transferred to Army Reserve 23 Mar 1920.

      1926: Married Audrey at Chale (Newnham Lane) Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
      C195648. Registration District Isle of Wight, Entry No 95 in the Register Book of Marriages
      Albert John Keen (Bachelor, 26), Motor Mechanic of The Bungalow, Brighstone, Father Joseph Keen, Gardener (Domestic) and Audrey Downton (Spinster, 21), General Servant (Domestic) of Hillside St Johns Road, Newport, Father Andrew John Downton, Dairy Farmer. Married in the Wesleyan Chapel by A Wilton Morrow, Minister, in the presence of A J Downton and Joseph Harold Frederick Keen

      1926 - 1934: Lived in Chillerton. Lived briefly at Downers Farm, Chale in 1935.

      1935: Moved to "Meadowbrook", Yard, Godshill, IoW (cost to build house by Oliver Morris was GBP327, but raw materials bought at cost from employers, Vectis Stone).

      1939 Register: Meadowbrook, Yard, Godshill, Isle of Wight
      Ref: RG101/2657E/004/24
      Albert J Keen 19 Dec 1899 Male Driver & Mechanic Heavy Worker Married 35 1
      Audrey Keen 13 Jan 1905 Female Unpaid House Duties Married 35 2
      Closed record 35 3
      Phyllis J Idle (Smith) 04 Sep 1918 Female Officers Clerk Departmental Stores Single 35 4
      Frederick J N Idle 13 Jul 1913 Male Iron Mongery Stock Keeper Single 35 5
      [Frederick Idle (middle initials actually TW, Thomas William) was born in Wandsworth district, no idea who he is or why he was at Meadowbrook. Nan did take in visitors pre-War so perhaps he was a B&B guest. In 1945 he married Phyllis J Smith in Fulham, living at 98 Bayonne Road, Fulham in 1965]

      14 Oct 1943 - 18 Oct 1945: Employed by the National Fire Service (Ref 14/D/7). This is from his National Registration Identity Card. The description on the ID card gives height 5' 9", blue eyes and grey hair.

      Drove a lorry for Vectis Stone from 1924 to 1949, later drove delivery vans for Schweppes, Wooldridge (Butchers) and Owen G Day.

      Member of Godshill Sports and Social Club; he competed for 48 years in the Rural District Billiards and Snooker League. He was also a keen darts player and later regularly played bowls.

      1983: Died at Palmers Road, Wootton, home of daughter Gladys.

      Known by various names: usually Dink, but also Jack by brother Edgar, and Randall by brother Harold.

      Note on photo of DL4202: BSA "Round Tank" first registered second half of 1925.
    Person ID I10  Baker Family Tree
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2017 

    Father Joseph Valentine KEEN,   b. 2 May 1860, Maugersbury, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1951, Yard, Newport Road, Godshill, Isle Of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann (Pollie) WALKER,   b. 3 Aug 1860, Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1938, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1883  Badsey, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Audrey (Aud) DOWNTON,   b. 13 Jan 1905, Lower Rill, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1979, Newport, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1926  Chale, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 9, 10
    Notes 
    • Married at Chale (Newnham Lane) Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
      C195648. Registration District Isle of Wight, Entry No 95 in the Register Book of Marriages
      Albert John Keen (Bachelor, 26), Motor Mechanic of The Bungalow, Brighstone, Father Joseph Keen, Gardener (Domestic) and Audrey Downton (Spinster, 21), General Servant (Domestic) of "Hillside", St Johns Road, Newport, Father Andrew John Downton, Dairy Farmer. Married according to the rites and ceremonies of the Wesleyan Methodists by Certificate by A Wilton Morrow, Minister, in the presence of A J Downton and Joseph Harold Frederick Keen.
    Children 
    +1. Gladys Mary (Boad) KEEN,   b. 29 Aug 1927, Brook Cottage, Chillerton, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 2016, Woodside, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Dec 1899 - Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 14 Jan 1900 - Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 31 Mar 1901 - Freefolk Cottages, Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jun 1901 - Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1911 - Limerstone Cottage, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsConfirmation - by Revd Silver - 15 Mar 1914 - Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1926 - Chillerton, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Oct 1926 - Chale, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Gladys Mary (Boad) KEEN - 29 Aug 1927 - Brook Cottage, Chillerton, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMove - 1935 - Meadowbrook, Yard, Godshill, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1935 - Downers Farm, Chale, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Oct 1983 - Palmers Road, Wootton, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - Aft 7 Oct 1983 - the Crematorium, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Albert John Keen outside cottage at Brighstone.
    Albert John Keen outside cottage at Brighstone.
    The motor cycle DL4202 was a BSA 'Round tank' built in the years 1923 to 1927. They had a sidevalve engine, 2 speed gearbox (later luxury models had 3 speeds) with a brake on the back wheel only, this could be operated by hand or foot. The brake rim is visible on the offside of the rear wheel. They were chain driven. The handlebar has a large horn on it (not an acetylene lamp as previously thought)
    Albert John Keen
    Albert John Keen
    Albert John Keen
    Albert John Keen
    Albert John Keen
    Albert John Keen
    Brighstone Football Club
    Brighstone Football Club
    Brighstone Football Club circa 1920

    [Note: always assumed this was Brighstone, but it is possible that Dink played for Shorwell and not Brighstone]
    Albert John Keen
    Albert John Keen
    Albert John Keen
    Albert John Keen
    Albert John Keen
    Albert John Keen on bicycle
    Albert Keen and Audrey Downton
    Albert Keen and Audrey Downton
    Marriage of Albert Keen and Audrey Downton 1926
    Albert John Keen working under Shanklin Pier
    Albert John Keen working under Shanklin Pier
    Albert & Audrey Keen, Harold & Nancy Keen
    Albert & Audrey Keen, Harold & Nancy Keen
    Outside The Bungalow, Brighstone
    Albert & Audrey Keen 1976
    Albert & Audrey Keen 1976
    9 Oct 1976: Albert and Audrey Keen celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary at Meadowbrook, Yard, Godshill
    Dink Keen, Millie Downton, ?, ? Guy, Joyce Downton, Aunt Bess Hardy, Bill Terry
    Dink Keen, Millie Downton, ?, ? Guy, Joyce Downton, Aunt Bess Hardy, Bill Terry

    Documents At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Walker Family Bible.

    2. [S21] FreeBMD, (http://www.freebmd.org.uk/), 2c 219, Dec 1899.
      Whitchurch, Albert John Keen

    3. [S3] Parish Register, Laverstoke Parish Baptism Record.

    4. [S43] 1901 Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 1112; Folio: 91; Page: 12.

    5. [S511] The Pilgrims Progress, John Bunyon, 20 Feb 2017.
      Preface: Presented to Albert Keen on his confirmation

    6. [S6] Death Certificate, 60, 7 Oct 1983.

    7. [S141] IOW FHS Searchable Registered Death Index, Isle Of Wight Family History Society, (http://www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/bmd_1/deaths/bmd_d_search.html), A32A/E60, 1983.
      A Register; Albert John Keen; 83

    8. [S292] National Probate Calendar, (Ancestry) (Reliability: 2), 14 Aug 2016.
      KEEN, Albert John of Meadowbrook Yard Godshill I of W died 7 October 1983 Probate Winchester 21 October Not exceeding 40000 833318299Q

    9. [S22] Marriage Certificate, 95, 9 Oct 1926.

    10. [S140] IOW FHS Searchable Registered Marriage Index, Isle Of Wight Family History Society, (http://www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/bmd_1/marriages/bmd_m_search.html), RO74/95.
      1926
      KEEN Albert John
      DOWNTON Audrey
      Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chale RO74/95