2nd Lieutenant Albert Graham Keane

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Albert Graham Keane

Albert Graham Keane was born on the 1st February 1886 at 276 Paisley Road, Kinning Park, Govan, Lanarkshire, the youngest son of David Keane and Margaret Keane (nee Bain), who had married on the 18th June 1869 in Glasgow. He first matriculated at the University in 1905, at the age of 19, to study Latin and Mathematics. His matriculation record for his first year at the University tells us that he resided at 276 Paisley Road West and that his father was a Spirit Merchant.

In his second and third years at the University he took classes in Logic, Education, Chemistry, English, Natural Philosophy and Botany. He also studied simultaneously at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde, where he trained to become a Teacher. He was admitted to the College in 1906 for two years and completed his professional training on the 26th June 1908. Although graded ‘unsatisfactory’ in Chemistry, he qualified for the Teacher’s General Certificate with additional qualifications to teach singing, drawing and drill. He was appointed to a teaching post at Strathbungo Public School in Govan from 19 September – 30 October 1908, then taught at Kinning Park Public School from the 2nd November 1908. Perhaps in view of his poor performance in that particular aspect of his training, Albert enrolled in session 1908-1909 for a teachers’ course in Practical Chemistry at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, later known as the Royal Technical College, now the University of Strathclyde. This he completed satisfactorily.

Albert graduated MA in 1909. Following his graduation he matriculated again at the University in 1909, this time in the Science Faculty, to study Science and Geology. He clearly excelled in this area, winning prizes in his Geology class of 1910 and a first class certificate in Geography in 1915 before taking up a teaching post at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Academy, where he worked until he enlisted in 1916.

Albert Graham Keane served as 2nd Lieutenant with the 7th Bn. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) until he was wounded in service and died on the 8th May 1917, aged 31. The French town of Peronne, where he is buried at the La Chapelette Cemetery British and Indian Cemetery, had first been occupied by British troops a few months before his death. His headstone reads "He died that we might live". 2nd Lieutenant Albert Graham Keane is remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College of Glasgow; on the Glasgow Provincial Training College war memorial, located in the David Stow Building on the former Jordanhill Campus; and on the Bellahouston Academy War Memorial.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Albert Graham Keane
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 7th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 8 May 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1078
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records GUAS reference: R8/5/27/4, R8/5/28/4, R3/1/1

Biographical information: Records of the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education - now the University of Strathclyde). Information provided by Dr Anne Cameron, Archives Assistant, University of Strathclyde Archives.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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