This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1.
Beaumont, Harold Beecroft

Rank Lieutenant

Service Army

Battalion 5th Battalion

Regiment Border Regiment

Buried Cuckfield, Sussex


Harold (sometimes Harald) Beecroft Beaumont was born at 4 Beech Grove Terrace, Leeds in 1897, the younger son of James and Annie (nee Beecroft) Beaumont.

Harold was educated at St. Bees School in Cumberland from 1910-1915 and was a member of the Old St. Beghians' Club.

Harold volunteered in 1915 and was commissioned in the Border Regiment. He served in the 5th Battalion.

In 1917 Harold was mentioned in despatches:

Collingham Young Soldier Mentioned in Despatches
Wetherby News 12 Jan 1917
Sec.-Lieut. Harold Beecroft Beaumont, of the Border Regiment, whose name was mentioned in Field-Marshal Haig's despatch, is 19 years of age, and the younger son of Mr. James Beaumont (Beaumont and Son, solicitors, Leeds), and of Mrs. Beaumont, Collingham Bridge. He was educated at St.Bees School, Cumberland, where he was head of the school and senior sergeant of the O.T.C. On leaving school in the autumn of 1915, he volunteered for service, and in December of the same year received a commission in the Border Regiment. He has been on active service in France since last May. Mr. Beaumont's other son, Mr. John B. Beaumont, who is his partner in the firm, is a lieutenant of the Royal Engineers, and has been in Egypt since April, 1915.


On the 13th April 1918, the family received bad news - Harold was posted as missing, as reported in the Leeds Mercury. However, Harold had in fact been taken prisoner of war. At that stage he was serving with 66th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, and was taken Prisoner of War on 21 March 1918. At the end of the war, Harold was repatriated 18 December 1918.

Harold returned to live in the Leeds area. By 1939 he was living at 5, Runswick Avenue, Leeds. He died in 1970 and is buried in Cuckfield, Sussex.

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