George William Beard

Memorial: Hallen - Hallen Road

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Guardsman 14527

Parents: Mary Ann and John Henry Beard

Marital status: Single

Home address: Ableton Lane, Hallen

Pre-war occupation: Soldier in the Grenadier Guards

Date of birth: 1891

Place of birth: Henbury

Date of death: 10/11/1914

Buried/Commemorated at: No known burial site. Commemorated on Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, West-Vlaanderen Belgium and Happen Memorial

Age: 23

Further information:

George was born in Henbury, the second youngest of four children with two sisters and a brother. George's father was a farm labourer and his mother a washer woman. In 1911 George was already in the Army and stationed near Farnborough. He saw service in both peacetime and wartime.

In August 1914 George's 2nd Battalion mobilised to France where they fought in the Battle and Retreat from Mons and the Battle of the Marne. George was missing presumed killed in action during the First Battle of Ypres (19 October – 22 November 1914). The result of the battle was indecisive at a cost to the allies of 130,000 casualties. George's body was never found and the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, where he is remembered, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died in Belgium and have no known grave.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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