, of Zeebrugge, and Dover in the County of Kent, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom
. It was created in 1943 for the prominent naval commander Admiral of the Fleet Roger Keyes
. He is chiefly remembered for his role in the Zeebrugge Raid
in 1918, an attempt by the Royal Navy
to neutralize the Belgian
port of Zeebrugge
which was used as a base for German
submarine attacks on Allied shipping. Keyes had already been created a Baronet
, of Zeebrugge, and of Dover in the County of Kent, in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom
in 1919. As of 2007 the titles are held by his grandson, the third Baron, who succeeded his father in 2005.
Geoffrey Charles Tasker Keyes, eldest son of the first Baron, was killed in 1941 during an attempt to capture General Erwin Rommel in Libya. For his actions, Keyes was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
Barons Keyes (1943)
The Heir Presumptive is the present holder's brother Hon. Leopold Roger John Keyes (b. 1956)
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page