Date added: 10 Dec 2018
Warrant Officer Class Two Keith Allan Fenton was born in Ashford, Kent in 1958 and after secondary education he joined the Army as an Apprentice Lithographic Print Technician at Chepstow in 1974. He received the Engineer in Chief's prize for trade excellence in 1974 and again upon completion of his trade training 1975.
After his basic Combat Engineer course at the Training Regiment, Cove he was posted to 22 Map Production Squadron at Barton Stacey. Whilst at Barton Stacey he was detached to the School of Military Survey, in 1978, for his Class Two course and also went on detachment with 19 Squadron on Exercise Trig Norge to Norway. He earned a superb reputation as one of the best Heidelberg printers that the Squadron had seen and hence it was no surprise when he went to his next posting as an Instructor at the School of Military Survey at Newbury and whilst here, in 1981, he completed his Class One course. His prowess as an outstanding printer and instructor witnessed him move seamlessly into a Sergeant Instructor’s post at Chepstow.
In 1986 he successfully passed his Survey Staff Specialist course at the School of Military Survey, Hermitage. In 1988 he had the honour to be posted to the Royal Australian Survey Corps Regiment in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, for over two years, as the British exchange Warrant Officer.
He returned to 19 Squadron in Hermitage in 1991 as the Squadron Sergeant Major. It was at Hermitage in 1991 that he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct medal for 15 years of exemplary Regular service.
In 1992 he retired from the Army and took on the appointment of Senior Civilian Print Instructor at the School of Military Survey in Hermitage and became a Civil Servant. At the same time he joined 135 Independent Topographic Squadron Royal Engineers (Volunteers) and served with the Territorial Army until 2009 where he finished his uniformed service as the Squadron Sergeant Major. In 2004 he received a certificate for Meritorious Service by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for outstanding service and devotion to duty. He retired from the Civil Service in 2009.