James 'Keith' Killby, Head's 1930–1934 (September 2018)

Keith Killby

We were very sad to hear of the passing of one of our oldest OLs, Keith Killby, who died on 7 September 2018 at the age of 102.

Keith led a remarkable life after leaving Lancing, from the family business at Smithfield meat market to work experience in New Zealand, to working in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) – a non-combatant corps which reflected his views as a conscientious objector – to a prisoner of war in Italy, to founding the Monte San Martino Trust.

Keith founded the Trust in 1989 with other veterans of the Second World War. It awards bursaries to Italians aged 18–25 to study in the UK, in recognition of the courage and sacrifice of the Italian country people who rescued thousands of escaping Allied POWs after the Armistice in 1943. Keith felt very strongly that, as he did not play a combatant role in the war, he had to do everything possible to help maintain the peace that others had so dearly won.

Obituary in the Telegraph