Remembered Today: Pte Wilson Keyte’s Bravery in Salonika on 24th April 1917

Private 30818 Wilson William Keyte enlisted with the Worcestershire Regiment during the early days of the First World War. Wilson was born in Broadway in 1885 and prior to his enlistment worked for Mr T. Bayliss in the village. He served in Salonika with the 11th Battalion and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the Battle of Doiran on 24th April 1917.

On that first day of the battle, Wilson was serving as a stretcher bearer and carrier of the medical chest. Whilst under heavy shell and rifle fire, grenade and trench mortar attacks he dressed the wounded and carried a wounded officer for 200 yards up the rocky bed of a ravine under fire until a stretcher was found. During the whole of the operations he acted courageously encouraging the wounded whilst carrying out his duties.

Wilson was later awarded the Greek Military Cross in July 1919 for his actions during the campaign.


Debbie Williamson
Broadway Remembers

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