BEARD Harry James
Regiment : 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Service number : 64245
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 24th September 1918
Buried : Trefcon British Cemetery, Caulaincourt, France, Grave C. 26.
Relatives : Son of Mr. H. Beard, of The Newlands, Pershore, Worcestershire
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Additional information on the memorial: West Yorkshire Regiment
Harry Beard enlisted as a Driver in the Army Service Corps on 12th April 1915 at Worcester. On his attestation paper he gave his age as 19 years 2 months and his occupation as a horse driver. He was 5 feet 2½ inches tall, resident at Newlands, Pershore and his next of kin was his father, Harry Beard. Harry was not married, he had no living brothers and sisters, naming only his parents, Harry and Alice Beard and an aunt and uncle on his statement of relatives. In 1916 he was posted to Salonica, returning home on 12th November 1916, apparently for discharge or permanently for an unspecified reason. However, in May 1917 Harry was transferred to the West Yorkshire Regiment and was later posted to France on 28th August 1918. He died of wounds at a Casualty Clearing Station on 24th September 1918.
Additional information from Pershore Parish Records, Holy Cross, Film No 216/7, available at Worcestershire Archives:
64245. Newlands (opposite Insull’s). 1st West Yorks. Died from wounds in France on 24th October 1918.(incorrect month of death)
A photograph of Private H.J. Beard of Pershore can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 23rd November 1918, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Trudy Burge has created the WW1 Pershore website to commemorate the men from Pershore who served their country from 1914 to 1918: http://pershoreww1.webs.com/