Walter Beedle

Name

Walter Beedle

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

21/11/1918
34

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
203136
Bedfordshire Regiment
1st/5th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY
179.
Lebanon

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Bench Plaque, High Street, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross
Thundridge Graveyard

Pre War

Born on 24 Jul 1884 and baptised on 27 Jul 1884 in Newdigate, Surrey son of Walter and Mary Ann Beedle. He married Alice Jane May Rapley in Cranleigh, Surrey on 14 Jun 1910 and they lived at Stone Lodge, Barrowfield, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. He was a gardener and a special constable.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Much Hadham in October 1916 and was formerly Private 9161 Bedfordshire Regiment. The following February was drafted to Egypt. During 1918, the 5th Bedfordshire Regiment suffered a few casualties from men being killed or wounded during battle. However, they suffered mostly from men being hospitalised, with many of them dying through sickness. 5th Bedfordshire War Diary Extract: 31st October 1918-“Armistice between Turkey and Allies. During the month epidemic of fever has been experienced. Malarial cases being numerous.” Over 100 were hospitalised in July. Walter died in the 15th Casualty Clearing Hospital in Beirut.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)