William Keenan

Lance Corporal William Keenan of Co. Armagh died on 5th July 1944 serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles in the hard-fought Battle of Normandy.

Lance Corporal

William Keenan

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Lance Corporal William Keenan was born in Co. Armagh and served on D-Day with 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles. He went on to take part in the Battle of Normandy for the next month.

Lance Corporal William Keenan (7011506) served in 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two. Born in Eire, he was the son of Hugh Keenan and Margaret Keenan of Co. Armagh, and the husband of Margaret Keenan of Co. Armagh.

He died on 5th July 1944 aged 30 years old while serving with B Company, 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles. They landed at Sword Beach on D-Day, 6th June 1944 and fought throughout the Battle of Normandy. His cause of death was a fatal wound brought about by shrapnel near Cambes.

William Keenan’s grave is in Section II, Row G, Grave 6 of La Délivrande War Cemetery, Douvres, Normandy, France. His headstone bears the inscription:

Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.

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