Regiment : 11th Battalion London Regiment (Finsbury Rifles)
Service number : 450790
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 3rd November 1917 aged 27
Buried : Cement House Cemetery, Belgium, Grave XI. A. 28.
Relatives : Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Beeden, of Valley View, Malvern Wells, Malvern; husband of Kate Beeden, 49 East St., Hereford
Memorial : Malvern WW1 War Memorial
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Malvern News, 8th December 1917:
Sgt Harry Beeden, London Regiment, who has been killed in action, was the only son of Mr and Mrs H. Beeden of Esk Bank, Malvern Wells; he was 28 years old. He was educated at Musselburgh Grammar School and Edinburgh High School where he figured highly on the prize list, he distinguished himself at sports and was the captain of several clubs.
Before enlisting in September 1914 he held an appointment in the Civil Service. He was a one-time member of St Peter’s Choir, Malvern Wells, where a memorial service was held on the 10th February 1917. In 1915 he married a daughter of Mr and Mrs Haines of Ledbury. The deceased was home on furlough four months ago – he leaves a child.
Mrs Beeden received the following letter: “Doubtless you will by now have received the sad news of the death of your dear husband and our chum. We feel that, although it must be an opening of old wounds afresh by writing, we must express out deepest sympathy with you in your greatest of losses. As was our duty we did, I think, do all that could be done for him, who is now so greatly missed from out little company of chums. Harry died instantaneously after being hit by a shell, which burst some 50 yards from him. He died absolutely without pain and he was laid to rest just by the spot where he fell. We have had a really nice cross erected over his grave. He is mourned, not only by our officers and men of his own Company, but by his numerous friends of all ranks throughout the Battalion, for he was a true friend to all. In the midst of all this trouble with his great responsibilities, he was always thinking of home, and many a time we have listened to his tales, about his little daughter. Of course, we will not be disturbed and he will remain as a memory to the dearest of chums who has given his all to the defence of his dear ones at home.”
A photograph of Sergeant H. Beedon of Malvern Wells can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 8th December 1917, available at Worcestershire Archives.