Francis James Keylock
Frank Keylock appears on the Roll of Honour. Keylock is an unusual surname. There is no reference to him nor a family of that name in Parish Records nor is there anything to link a Keylock family to West Haddon in the Census returns for 1891, 1901 nor 1911.
However the 1911 Census shows a Francis James Keylock aged 15, born in Brackley on 10/9/1895, living at Wicken Stables, Stony Stratford with his parents George, aged 46 a stud groom, domestic, and Charlotte aged 47, and two sisters Dorothy, aged 14 and Gwynedd aged 9.
The 1920 Kelly’s Northamptonshire Trade Directory Entries for West Haddon shows George Keylock (born 1865) as the proprietor of the Crown Inn. Is it the same George Keylock?
On the balance of probabilities it is in that probate on his death shows the following entry “George Keylock, Crown Inn, West Haddon died 11/4/1930. Administration Northampton to Charlotte Emma Keylock, widow. Effects £304 0s 11d.
It is not known when George took over at The Crown but in doing so it provides the link of his son Frank (Francis James) Keylock with West Haddon and the reason why his name appears on the Roll of Honour.
Military records show a Frances James Keylock, regimental number 200851, rank CVQMS of the 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. An interesting term used in the record was that he was “Disembodied” on 25/3/1919. Hopefully a visit to the Northamptonshire Regiment Records Office will provide details of his career and provide information on how he rose in the ranks to Quartermaster Sergeant at the age of 23.
His mother, born in 1864 in Bodenham, Herefordshire, died on 10/2/1940, in West Haddon, aged 76.
Francis James Keylock died in December, 1976 in Coventry, aged 81.
(Jim Blakey 18th November, 2015)