Beck, Charles B H

Charles Broughton Harrop Beck, 2nd Lt, 7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 15th August 1915 at sea off Gallipoli, aged 24

 

EARLY LIFE

Charles Broughton Harrop Beck was born on 14 June 1891 at Upton Priory, Macclesfield, the son of Jessie (nee Broughton) and Charles Harrop Beck. Charles was educated at Harrow and Pembroke College, Cambridge.

 

WW1 SERVICE

An entry for Charles B H Beck was published in De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour:

BECK, CHARLES BROUGHTON HARROP, 2nd Lieut, 7th Battn Cheshire Regt (T.F.), only son of the late Charles Harrop Beck, of Upton Priory, near Macclesfield, C.B. (who commanded the 4th Cheshire Regt during the South African War), by his wife, Jessie, youngest daughter of the Rev Clement E Broughton, Rector of Norbury, Derby; born Upton Priory, 14 June 1891; educ Harrow and Pembroke College, Cambridge; volunteered for foreign service after the outbreak of the European War; gazetted 2nd Lieut 7th Cheshire Regt 18 Sept 1914; served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at the Dardanelles and was shot by a sniper after the landing at Suvla Bay about 15 Aug 1915, and died of his wounds on board the Hospital Ship Euripides two days later – 17 Aug. He married in London 14 June 1913 and had a son, Edward Charles, born 6 April 1914.

 

COMMEMORATION

2nd Lt. Charles Beck is buried in grave Ref. II. E. 84 in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for 2nd Lt. Charles Beck, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Prestbury Beck P1150090

Locally, 2nd Lt. Charles Beck is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials, and on Prestbury St. Peter’s Church war memorial.

The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In loving memory of Lieutenant Charles H. B. Beck, from his son Eddie.”


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