William Charles Beacham - Allesley

WC Beacham
CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Private

Service No: 50545

Date of Death: 27/04/1918

Age:18

Regiment/Service: Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Bn.

Grave Reference: II. P. 14.

Cemetery: ADELAIDE CEMETERY, VILLERS-BRETONNEUX

William Charles Beacham was killed during the action at Villers-Bretonneux when the British 18th Divisions together with the 2nd and 3rd Australian Divisons recaptured the village that had been taken by the Germans on April 24th. William Charles was the son of William and Emma Beacham, of Raglan House, Allesley Old Road. He enlisted on the 13th January 1917 at Coventry, giving his occupation as Carpenter’s Apprentice. He was a member of the Allesley band of ringers and the Warwickshire Guild of Church Bell Ringers. Whilst undergoing training at Bury St Edmunds, William was awarded a wrist watch for being the smartest soldier of his group of 350 recruits. Sadly the watch was never recovered from the battlefield.

William Beacham’s name is recorded on the War Memorials in both All Saints Church, Allesley Village Hall and Bablake School. There is a tree dedicated to his memory in the Coventry War Memorial Park. His name also appears in ‘The Great War Memorial Book of Church BellRingers’ in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

William Charles Beacham was baptised at Allesley 2nd July 1899 by W. Bree, Rector. In the 1901 Census he is recorded as living at Birmingham Road Allesley, aged 1 year. His father was William H. Beacham aged 34, carpenter and joiner who was born at Allesley. His mother Emma, aged 28, was born at Ludlow Shropshire. He had two siblings, Mabel aged 4 and Edith Maud aged 3. In the 1911 Census he is recorded as 11 years old with his older sister Edith, one younger sister Florence Louisa and two younger brothers, Jonathan Farmer and Horace Edward. Of the 11 children born to William and Emma Beacham only these five had survived to that date.

Amanda Slater