Cyril Keepfer, 1894-1918 a Denbigh boy and the Great War by Christopher Keepfer Roberts
Cyril Keepfer, from a family of Denbigh jewellers and watchmakers, was one of 49 Denbigh boys who never returned from the First World War. The author considers the Denbigh in which Cyril grew up, Cyril’s schooling and how he volunteered in the early days of the War and fought for four years. Cyril was killed- by friendly fire – in the last major battle of the War, a week before the Armistice. This book looks at the contemporary social and class distinctions which prevented Cyril from enlisting as an officer and how, with the rapid expansion of the British Army, he gained a commission and a reputation in 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers as a competent infantry officer.
Christopher Keepfer Roberts is a half-nephew of Cyril Keepfer. Like Cyril, he grew up and was educated in Denbigh. Are school, he read Law at Jesus Collage, Cambridge before qualifying as a solicitor. In retirement he gained a MA in Imperial and Commonwealth History from King’s Collage, London before obtaining his PhD from the school of Oriental and Africa Studies. He now researches, writes and lectures upon Denbigh local history and Treaty Port life in the nineteenth-century Japan.
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