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:
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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