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  • Commonwealth wargrave commission headstone marking the grave of Edgar Beeden at Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2 Courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Samuel (Stephen) Beeden and Sarah Hurst married at Southwell in 1872, Their first two children, were born in Sheffield, Mary Amelia in 1897 and Lilley Ann in 1876. It was shortly after this date that they moved to Worksop and took up residency of 3 Court, Park Street where three more children was born to them, Ernest 1879, Sarah 1880 and Edgar born in 1881. Tragically about 6 months or so, before Edgar was born, his father, Samuel died at the age of 31. It must then have been a struggle for their mother to raise the five children on her own but the struggle did not last long as she also died 6 years later in 1888 aged 42. The families of Samuel and Sarah stepped in and various parents and siblings took in the little orphans. Edgar went to Sarah’s sister Mary, who had married William Phillips who were living in 51 Leeming Street Mansfield with a family of their own (Edgars cousins). The remainder of Edgar’s childhood was spent in Mansfield and Pleasley. In 1908 Edgar married, his bride being Hannah Elizabeth Bennett and by 1911 they were living at Merrills Yard, Pleasley and had had two daughters, May and Lilley. It was from Mansfield that Edgar Beeden enlisted.
21 Nov 1916
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589840 - CWGC Website
26720
Lance Corporal
16th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Edgar Beeden (otherwise Beedon) Edgar was born at 3 Court, Park Street, Worksop in 1882 the fourth child of Samuel Beeden (a coachman) and Sarah his wife. However, Edgar appears to have been raised by his uncle William Phillips (a gardener) and his wife Mary at Mansfield. In 1911 Edgar was an engineman Living with his wife Hannah and two young children at Pleasley Hill. Edgar signed up for the 16th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Chatsworth Rifles) in May1915. By the autumn of 1916 he was a L/Cpl when the Battalion engaged in fierce and successful fighting in engagements on the River Ancre at the end of the Battle of the Somme. Judging by his date of death (21 November 1916) and the location of his burial at Gommecourt it seems likely he was badly wounded and died later at a Casualty Clearing Station. Courtesy of Robert Illett
Buried at Gommecourt British Cemetery N. 2 Hebuterne, France
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  • Commonwealth wargrave commission headstone marking the grave of Edgar Beeden at Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2 Courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Edgar Beeden - Commonwealth wargrave commission headstone marking the grave of Edgar Beeden at Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2 Courtesy of Peter Gillings