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Robert Beardwood was born in Wheelton, Lancashire in 1874.beardwood

He is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/II/25a.

Robert Beardwood married Margaret Ann in Chorley in August 1910 and at the time of the 1911 Census they were living at 80 Standish Street, Chorley. John was working as a labourer and Margaret, a.k.a Maggy, was employed as a card room hand. Robert had previously served 13 years with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was at this time 38 years old.

Robert re-enlisted into the Special Reserve on 7th September 1914 which was one month after their first and only child was born, a daughter they named Rose Ellen.

At the time of his re-enlistment Robert was 40 years 4 months old and  gave his occupation as being a miner.

He was given the number 4090 and sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion on 4th January 1915. Four days later, whilst still at Le Havre, he was awarded 28 days field punishment No. 1 (reason not stated).

On 3rd March 1915, now in the field, he was awarded another 28 days field punishment No. 1 however shortly afterwards, on 14th March, he died of ‘heart failure’.

His wife received a telegram informing her of Robert’s death and soon after she moved to 8 Pendle Street, Sabden near Whalley.

There was a court of enquiry after his death, however the circumstances surrounding the reason for his heart failure appears to have not been established. Margaret was later given a widow’s pension.

Additional Information (Adam Cree)

Margaret Ann Bearwood was the mother of Edward McPartlin [CMB/II/29b]. The Chorley Guardian of 5/5/1917 gives official notification of Margaret Ann Bearwoods’s son. It names his mother as Mrs Beardsworth [Beardwood] of 80 Standish Street, Chorley.

Edward McPartlin [CMB/II/29b] has his effects sent to Margaret Beardwood at 4 Pendle Street, Sabden. Her brother, Patrick McPartlin, had married Ann Durkin who was brother to William Durkin [CMB/II/15a]. Agnes McPartlin, a sister of Margaret McPartlin, was a witness with Peter Nolan [CMB/II/47b] to the marriage of William Durkin’s brother, John, who had married Ann McLoughlan in 1915.


Photograph: August 2015

Rank: Private
Service No: 4090
Date of Death: 14/03/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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