Private Algernon George Keen, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920
Keen enlisted on 26 June 1916 when he was 28 years old and working as a bricklayer. Hailing from Buckingham, England, Keen married Alice Maude (nee Hewitt), who he named as his next of kin on his enlistment papers. His religion was stated as Church of England and they lived in North Parramatta. On 24 January 1917, at Sydney, he embarked on board HMAT Anchises A68 with the 56 Infantry Battalion, 9 Reinforcements as Acting Sergeant. His Service Number was 3426. He arrived in England on 27 March 1917 and was appointed Sergeant. He proceeded overseas to France on 2 November 1917 for active service in the field as a Private, where he received wounds to his left leg and abdomen on 26 April 1918 and was moved to England to hospital. He was returned to Australia on 27 November 1918 per HMAT Runic and discharged medically unfit on 6 March 1919.
Noela Vranic, Volunteer Research Assistant, Parramatta Council Heritage Centre, 2016