Can you shed light on lives of two Keynsham soldiers killed in World War I?

Published on: 24 Jun 2014

Keynsham cadets are appealing for information on two Keynsham soldiers killed in the First World War, whose names appear on the town's war memorial.

2386 Squadron Keynsham Air Cadets are currently carrying out a First World War Centenary Commemoration project which will be collated with other local squadrons and displayed in Bristol in July.

The cadets are researching two local people who lost their lives in the Great War.

Lance Corporal James Albert William Ollis from Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry) 1/4th Battalion died in Mesopotamia in 1916 and lived in Temple Street, Keynsham.

Gunner Robert Baldwin Westwood from 144th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery who died in France in 1918 and lived in Rock Road, Keynsham.

If anyone has any information on these soldiers, their regiments, or families the group would be grateful to hear from you on  or on 0117 986 9581 on Tuesdays and Fridays between 7pm and 9pm.

A spokesperson said: "For this project we have a very short deadline of a couple of weeks, but the cadets’ interest in this subject has made a substantial impact on these young people and they would be grateful for any assistance.”

Comments (1)

  1. A Godfrey:
    Mar 28, 2016 at 05:53 PM

    My Granddad and His brother were also in the Regiment at the same time, my Granddad lived in Temple St and my Great Granddad owned three houses and lived in Rock Rd. I have a little information but not much, if you would like to get in touch.

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