Beeston, Harry

Age: 24
Date of birth: 1890

Parents: John and Sarah Jane Beeston (nee Seaman)
Wife: Single
Address: 5 Barrack Street

Occupation: General labourer

Harry’s parents John and Sarah Jane, were married in 1881 in St Mary’s Church.  Harry was the fourth son, and youngest child, of John and Sarah. He was baptised at St Mary’s Church on the 3rd August 1890.

There were five children in the family, Harry’s siblings were John Amos (b. 1882), Thomas (b. 1884), James (b. 1885) Louisa Frances (b. 1887).

Harry’s father, John, died in July 1891 aged 45.  He completed the census that year so died within a year of Harry’s birth.  At the time the family were living at 6 Spring Cottages, Upper Cape.

Harry’s widowed mother worked as a Charwoman whilst bringing up her five children.  At the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 6 Barrack Street and there are two small children – Mary Elizabeth (4) and William Henry (1) – who are thought to be Louisa’s children (Sarah’s grandchildren)  Any further information would be welcome.

Here is the Shrine Application, probably completed by Harry’s mother:

Harry’s brother, Thomas, died in 1917, followed by another brother, James, in 1920. His mother, Sarah, died in 1923 in Warwick.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Private, 2462
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 22nd Brigade, 7th Division
Date of death: Wednesday, January 27, 1915
Cause of death/Battle: Died of wounds
Commemorated/Buried: Rue-David Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at:

Harry arrived in France on 5th January 1915 and died after only 22 days at the front.


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Shrine Application courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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