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Sir D. T. Keymer

Sir D. T. Keymer

Person  Male  Born 24/1/1857  Died 15/2/1933

Hon Treasurer of the Committee to restore Bishop Wood's Almshouses in 1930.

Durham University has a 1924 photo of him in a group where he is named as "Sir D. T. Keymer, Messrs. Keymer & Sons and the Sudan Mercantile Co. Ltd." but the image itself is not on-line.

New Zealanders Abroad of 5 April 1933: provides most of this information: Born c.1857, son of Mr D. J. Keymer who found the Whitefriars firm c. 1845. D. T. travelled to New Zealand c.1897 but had returned by 1923. He carried on the firm, becoming Chairman and had business activities in the Indian sub-continent, Sudan and the Dominions. Knighted in 1923. Died at home in Upper Clapton, aged 76.

Andrew Behan has researched this man:

Sir Daniel Thomas Keymer, O.B.E., was born on 24 January 1857 in Hackney, the eldest of the five children of Daniel Joseph Keymer and Eliza Keymer née Cooper. He was baptised on 8 March 1857 at John's Church, Bethnal Green and the baptismal records show the family living at 3 North Street, Bethnal Green and his father's occupation as a Clerk. The 1881 census shows him living with his parents and siblings at 16 St Thomas Road, South Hackney and his occupation was recorded as a Tie Manufacturer employing 30 hands whilst his father is shown as an East India Agent.

Electoral registers show that by 1894 he had moved to 7 Warwick Road, Upper Clapton. On 12 September 1899 he was married at the St John of Jerusalem Church, South Hackney when he was 42 years old and living at The Beeches, Warwick Road, Upper Clapton, to 22 years old Louisa Richardson of 'Richboro', King Edward Road, South Hackney. His occupation was recorded as an East India Trader. On 15 December 1900 their daughter, Enid Louise Keymer, was born and the 1901 census shows them all living at 7 Warwick Road, Upper Clapton together with a cook, a parlour maid and a nurse. His occupation was given as an East India & Colonial Agent. They had two sons, Kenneth Cooper Keymer, who was born on 5 February 1906 and Ronald Cooper Keymer, who was born on 1 January 1911.

The 1911 census confirms that by then they had had a total of five children, but only the three mentioned above were still alive and they were still living at 7 Warwick Road, Upper Clapton. The London Gazette confirms that he was awarded a knighthood in the 1923 King's Birthday Honours List for public and political services in Hackney. Probate records state that he died, aged 76 years, on 15 February 1933 at 7 Warwick Road and his estate totalled £28,992-9s-4d.

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