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BEAVERSMALLJames Beaver was born in Bamber Bridge, near Preston in 1889 the son of David and Margaret Beaver (nee Kellett).

David Beaver and Margaret Kellett married in 1881 in St. Leonard`s Church, Walton le Dale, near Preston. David and Margaret had another eight children, Susannah (b.1883 d.1883), John Edmund (1884), David (1886), Jane (1888), Margaret (1892) and then Mary Elizabeth and William (b.1894 d.1894) and finally Lily (1895).

James` mother Margaret died in 1897 and his father David remarried to a Sarah Ann McCall in St. Saviours Church, Bamber Bridge in 1902.

David and Sarah Ann Beaver then had another two children, John (1905) and Thomas (1909).

At the time of the 1911 Census James was living at home with his father David, step mum Sarah Ann, sisters Margaret and Lily and step brothers John and Thomas. The family were living at 12 Greenwood Street, Bamber Bridge. James` occupation is recorded as a card room hand.

James Beaver enlisted at Preston on 30 September, 1916 for the duration of the war and was given the service number 6915 which would later become 203146. He was posted into the 4th Battalion.

The medical inspection report describes James as being 5`7” tall, weighing 125lbs and as having a 35 inch chest.

James embarked at Folkestone bound for France on 26 January, 1917 and was then posted into the 1/5th Battalion joining them in the field on 22 March, 1917.

On the 13 May, 1917 James was taken to a field ambulance and then admitted to 17 Casualty clearing station with some sort of problem with his left arm. From there he was moved to 13 General Hospital in Boulogne and by 22 May, 1917 he was on his way back to England via the Hospital Ship St. Patrick.

Once back in England, James was transferred to Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield for further treatment. James spent a total of 85 days in hospital from 22 May, 1917 to 14 August, 1917. The newspaper article below says he was invalided home with shell shock.

By the 4 January, 1918 James had been transferred back to the 3rd Battalion. A couple of months later on 21 March, 1918 he was embarking at Folkestone on his way to France for the second time.

On the 24 March, 1918 James was posted to the 9th Battalion and joined them in the field on 1 April, 1918.

Private James Beaver died on 10 April, 1918 from the gunshot wounds he sustained to his hip and buttocks.

The following article was published in the local paper shortly after James Beaver died from his wounds.

BEAVER2SM

Private James Beaver was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and is buried with honour in the Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank: Private
Service No: 203146
Date of Death: 10/04/1918
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.
Cemetery: AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY

This article was written and researched by Janet Davis

Janet Davis

Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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One Response to 203146 PTE. J. BEAVER. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Ian rosewell says:

    I am researching my great grandfather pvt Richard fearnley #203506 9th battalion loyal north lancashire regiment.

    All I know is he was born and enlisted in horwich and according to commonwealth war graves commission died 10 April 1918 and is buried in unmarked grave at croix du bac British cemetery. Any info where (which battle) and how he died appreciated

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