Beard, William H

William Henry Beard, L/Cpl 37350, 9th Battn, Lancashire Fusiliers (formerly 2470 Ches. Regt)
Died of wounds 5th September 1917 in Belgium, aged 27

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Henry and Sarah Anne Beard, of Bollington; husband of the late Ada Jane Beard, of 100, Windsor Terrace, [Palmerston St, Bollington,] Macclesfield.

More information will be added here when research is complete.

 

WW1 SERVICE

William’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 21 September 1917:

Above we reproduce a portrait of Lance-Corporal William Henry Beard, Lancashire Fusiliers, who, as reported last week, died in France on the 5th inst., as the result of wounds received in action. His wife, who resides at 21 Adlington Road, Bollington, has this week had a letter from Second-Lieut. Evans expressing his sympathy.

His death was also reported in the Macclesfield Advertiser on the same date:

PRIVATE W BEARD – News has been received from a comrade that Private W Beard, of the Cheshires, has been killed in action. He was the second son of Mr and Mrs H Beard, of Wellington Road, and leaves a widow and daughter to mourn their loss. Private Harold Beard, deceased’s brother, is on active service.

 

COMMEMORATION

L/Cpl William Beard is buried in Grave Ref. V. A. 3. of the Dozinghem Military Cemetery in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. His mother-in-law, Mrs Hannah A Broadhead, asked for the inscription GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN to be added to his headstone.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for L/Cpl William Beard, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, L/Cpl William Beard is commemorated on the Bollington Parish and Palmerston Street war memorials, and on the Bollington (Adelphi Mill) Roll of Honour.

 

NOTES

Brother of Joseph Harold Beard, who served as Private 291533 with the Cheshire Regiment. He died in January 1919 and is buried at St John’s Church, Bollington.

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Macclesfield Times: 21 September 1917
Macclesfield Advertiser: 21 September 1917

 


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