Name: Francis John Keating
Wounded on: Thursday, 11th March 1943
Wounded at: 27 & 31a Perth Road, St Leonards
Additional Information: Francis Keating, aged 60, was wounded when several Focke Wulf 190s and Messerschmitt Bf 109s strafed with machine gun fire and dropped 25 HE Bombs on Silverhill Junction, St Matthew’s Schools, Strood Road, Alma Terrace, Alma Villas, Perth Road, Adelaide Road, Battle Road, Aldborough Road, Clarence Road, Salisbury Road, King Edward Avenue, Salisbury Road, Bohemia Road, Springfield Road, Combermere Road, Burry Road, Blomfield Road, Holmesdale Gardens and St Helens Road. He died on 15th March 1943 at the Municipal Hospital. One of the worse attacks on the town during the war, 37 other people died and 90 more were injured, 39 seriously.
Francis was married to Amelia Rebecca Keating. He lived at 27 Perth Road, St Leonards.
I was unable to locate Francis’s grave marker in the main area of WW2 war graves, so he is likely buried else where on site. I will look to find it when I revisit Hastings Cemetery.
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