John Keeping

Bank: London County & Westminster Bank

Place of work: London West End office

Died: 9 October 1916


John Garnet Keeping was born on 29 August 1882, the son of Edward Keeping, steward of the Grocers' Hall in London, and his wife Bessie. In October 1900, when he was 18 years old, he left his job with Messrs Agar Bates & Co and went to work for London & Westminster Bank, where his older brothers Edwin and Herbert already worked. He started as a teller at the bank's London Westminster branch, and was later promoted to clerk (4th class) there. In 1909 London & Westminster Bank merged with London & County Bank and Keeping became an employee of the enlarged London County & Westminster Bank. In October 1914 he moved to its London West End office.


During the First World War John and his brother Herbert joined the army together, both becoming Privates in the King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). They both died at Salonika, Greece, on 9 October 1916. John was 34 years old and left a widow, Dorothy, whom he had married in May 1914.


John Keeping is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest London St James & Piccadilly branch.

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