Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle; Upper Chapel, Idle
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry
Sam Keighley was born in Idle in 1887, the fourth of seven children born to Idle butcher Lewis and his wife Fanny.In the 1911 census Sam was living with his brother Horace and his wife at The Green, Idle and the two of them had followed into their father’s business.Sometime between then and 1917 he had married Eva and moved to live in Bradford Road, Shipley to be closer the shop he ran.On 27 July 1917 the Shipley Times & Express reported:Pte Sam Keighley, a member of the firm of Keighley Bros, butchers, is reported killed in action, though this sad intelligence is not officially confirmedHe joined the forces in September last and embarked for the Continent on Easter Sunday. At first he was attached to the Army Service Corps but was transferred several times and was ultimately a member of the machine gun section of the Highland Infantry.On Friday his correspondence was returned with the intimation from France that he had been killed. The last letter received from him was dated the 13th July. Pte Keighley, who is 30 years of age, is the youngest of the four sons who succeeded to the business of their father, Mr Lewis Keighley, and he had charge of a shop at Frizinghall where his wife resides.On 12 April 1918 the newspaper reported that Sam had left £275 7s 6d in his will.