Battalion 5th Battalion
Regiment Border Regiment
Buried Cuckfield, Sussex
Harold (sometimes Harald) Beecroft Beaumont was born at 4 Beech Grove Terrace, Leeds on the 3rd May 1897, the younger son of James and Annie (nee Beecroft) Beaumont. He was educated at St. Bees School in Cumberland from 1910-1915, and was at the school aged 13 on census day in 1911. He 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. A war diary list shows that Harold joined the Battalion in France on the 11th May 1916.
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. The Wetherby News reported:
At the end of the war, Harold was repatriated 18 December 1918.
Harold returned to the UK after the war. We believe Harold married Monica Beaumont in 1925 in Leeds and the following year their son, William Beecroft Beaumont was born in Leeds. On the 3rd June 1925 Harold applied for the medals due to him for his service and gave his address as Little Preston Farm, Woodlesford, Near Leeds. Later the family moved to Gloucestershire and in 1939, at the time of the National Registration that year, they were living at Steepholme, Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire. Harold is listed as being an Air Raid Warden.
We believe that Harold may also have served in the Army during World War 2. On the 8th February 1944, the London Gazette records the commissioning of Harold Beecroft Beaumont as a 2nd Lieutenant in The Gloucestershire Regiment. It also seems likely that Harold stayed in the Army for some time after the second war, as a London Gazette announcement dated 29th September 1947 also lists that Harold Beecroft Beaumont has a position as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Gloucestershire Regiment.
Harold died in 1970 and is buried in Cuckfield, Sussex.
1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 31526
The Wetherby News 12/1/1917 & 19/4/1918
The Collingham Parish Magazine Feb 1915
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
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