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Dunham on Trent
The birth certificate of James Beet Hudson shows he was born on 17 Feb 1865, at North Clifton, his single mother being Jane Beet Hudson. What happened after this is unknown until 1871 when, as a seven year old he was living as a lodger with James and Fanny Knowles in Dunham with the name James Hudson. Ten years later, he is recorded living in the same household, with the Knowles, as a sixteen year old lodger, named Jim Beet. In 1887 James married Harriet Griffiths and continued lodging with the Knowles . The years went by, and by 1911 they had had 15 children of which 3 had died, all born in Dunham. Out of the family, two of the sons of James and Harriet were of prime age to enter the war. These were Alec Griffiths Beat born 1896 and Ronald Griffiths Beat born 1898, the both of them working as farm boys in 1911.
10 Oct 1918
321093 - CWGC Website
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Ronald was attested for short service on the 19 May 1916 at Retford, age 18 when he was placed on reserve. On 16th February 1918, a claim was lodged before East Retford Rural Tribunal in respect of Ronald Griffiths Beat of Dunham on Trent, to decide whether exemption be granted, (from military service ?). The pending result of this appeal is not recorded but he was mobilised on 23rd May 1918 and sent to France shortly after with the Sherwood Foresters. He was killed in action – missing - presumed killed between 8th and 10th October 1918 and buried in the Vaux-Andigny-British Cemetery, France, the month before the armistice.
CWG additional information:- Son of James Beat, of Dunham-on-Trent, Newark, Notts, and the late Harriet Beat. His brother Alec also fell. Research by Colin Dannatt
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