Percy Keegan was born at Walton on the 16th October 1891. He and his twin sister, Eva, were baptised (as Joseph Stephen Keegan) at St.Francis de Sales R.C. Church, Walton on the 6th December.
 
He was the son of Patrick Keegan and Harriet (nee Mee) who were married at St.Peter's C.of E. Church, Everton in 1880.
 
His mother was born at Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland but his father's birthplace is not known as he was never at home with his family when the census was taken. As he was a marine fireman at the time of his marriage he was probably away at sea.
 
Percy was one of eight children, only four of whom survived into adulthood. His known siblings were; Harriet Jane (b 1881), Emily (b &d 1882), WIlliam Arthur (b 1886), Ernest (1889-90) and Edward Steven (b 1904).
 
1881 Census: 37 Hibbert Street, Everton - Harriet Keegan with her daughter Harriet J, aged 1 month.
 
1891 Census: 4 Index Street, Walton - Harriet Keegan with children Harriet J and William A.
 
1901 Census: 35 Bangor Street, Bootle - Percy is with his siblings Harriet, William and Edward (Parents are not there)
 
Harriet Keegan married John Kenny in 1902.
 
1911 Census: 5 Arthur Street, Seaforth - Percy is residing with his married sister Harriet and her husband John Kenny. Percy was a tailor's shop assistant in 1911.

 
By 1911 the family unit had dispersed. William Arthur Keegan marrried Lily Hayward in 1910 and was living at 7 Waterworks Street, Bootle and Edward Keegan was lodging with William and Marcella Doyle at 47 Hands Street, Litherland. Their mother, Harriet, was living alone at 2 Calmet Street, Everton.
 
In 1914 Edward’s father, Patrick Keegan, lived at 9 Arlington Street, Liverpool and his brother William’s address was 96 Litherland Road.
 
Percy enlisted at Seaforth and his medal card shows he was posted overseas on the 10th February 1915. He was killed in action on 19th May 1915
 
His brother Edward Steven Keegan (2114) lost his life just three days earlier on 16th May 1915 whilst serving with the King’s 7th and he is also commemorated on this site.  
 
A report on their deaths appeared in the Bootle Times on the 23rd July 1915 and in the Liverpool Echo on the 15th July 1915.
 
BOOTLE BROTHERS DIE FOR BRITAIN.
   Our photographs are of two Bootle brothers who have laid down their lives for their country - Private Edward Keegan, of the 7th King's, and Private Percy Keegan, of the 1st King's. Their brother, Sergt. William Keegan, of the 7th King's - with whom these two young heroes formerly lived at 11, Kent-street - is also at the front, but, happily, has so far come through unscathed. Our readers will join in the hope that the only survivor of three brothers in arms may return safe and sound to Bootle at no distant date.

Bootle Times 23rd July 1915

 
Percy's photograph was published in a commemorative booklet issued when the first part of the Bootle Roll of Honour was unveiled in 1916.
 
In November 1914, William Arthur Keegan's second son was born and was named Percy Edward after his two deceased uncles.