William Beaumont, Rifleman R/15923, 11th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Died of wounds 23rd December 1917 in Germany, aged 27
In 1913, William married Gertrude May Smith at Christ Church, Macclesfield.
William Beaumont enlisted in Macclesfield on 23 October 1915. He stated that he had previously served for four years with the local 7th Cheshire Regiment.
William was wounded and taken prisoner on 30 November 1917 and died of wounds on 23 December. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 22 March 1918:
DIED IN GERMANY – PRISONER OF WAR’S FATE
Mrs Beaumont, Palace Terrace, Hibel Rd, Macclesfield, has been notified that her husband, Rifleman William Beaumont, King’s Royal Rifles, died of wounds in Germany on December 23rd. He was taken prisoner on November 30th, and was wounded in the back of the leg, the bullet passing through the thigh and knee and fracturing the limb.
Rifleman Beaumont was twenty-seven years of age and leaves two children. He was educated at Duke Street National Schools and was connected with the Parish Church. The deceased was formerly a foreman in the employ of the Macclesfield Shoe and Slipper Co., and enlisted about three years ago. He was drafted out to France, and after eighteen months’ service at the front was invalided to England suffering from pleurisy and rheumatism. Upon recovery, he was again sent to France last October.
Pte Joseph Beaumont, his brother, is serving in Italy with the Cheshire Regt. This is the second bereavement Mrs Beaumont has suffered through the war, her brother, Pte William Smith, Lancashire Fusiliers, being killed in action on September 6th, 1917.
Rifleman William Beaumont is buried in Grave Ref. V. C. 7. of the Le Cateau Military Cemetery, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Rifleman William Beaumont, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother of Pte Joseph Beaumont, who served in Italy with the Cheshire Regt; brother-in-law of Pte William Smith, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was killed in action on September 6th, 1917.
WW1 British Army Service Records 1914-1920
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 22 March 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)