A century on from the end of World War I we acknowledge their service …
Lest we forget.
Driver George Samuel Hugh Keable
Born: 13 May 1893 Camberwell. Died: 21 May 1975 Mornington.
Enlisted: 5 April 1916 aged 23.
Served: Western Front.
Also known as “Sam”, George was the youngest son of George Samuel Keable and his wife Janet Falconer, who had an orchard called “The Angles” off what is now Reynolds Road in Pakenham Upper.
Sam responded to a major recruitment campaign to replenish the AIF after the Gallipoli campaign.
After training in England, he proceeded to France in June 1917 and was taken on strength with the 2nd Divisional Supply Column.
In March 1918 he joined the 4th Australian Divisional Mechanical Transport Company as a driver.
Sam was officially welcomed back to Pakenham Upper in October 1919. At the event, he paid tribute to those who would not return, saying “each man had earned more than a V.C. By giving their lives they had earned the honour and respect of the whole British nation”.
Sam became a commercial traveller with Coates and Co of Melbourne and with wife Dorothy settled in Malvern East.
Sam started the firm “S. Keable & Co Pty Ltd” which sold industrial fasteners such as nuts, bolts and screws.
The company still operates today as “Keables” in West Footscray.
This is an extract from Patrick Ferry’s book A Century After The Guns Fell Silent – Remembering the Pakenham District’s WWI Diggers 1914-18.
For more details on this and other profiles in the book, head to the website www.pakenhamww1.com