William Beesley

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VC1002   William Beesley

Name   William Beesley   No.   B 203174   

VC Issue No.   1002   Awards   VC    

Regiment   Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), 13th Battalion

Later   Royal Green Jackets

Now   2nd and 4th battalions the rifles

Rank VC Won    Private

Rank End Of Career   Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Gresley, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Place Of Death   In hospital Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales

Buried/Location Ashes   St Paul's Cemetery (Foleshill St Paul's Burial Ground), Holbrooks Avenue, Holbrooks, Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Cremated   

Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone    Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   28 June 1918

VC Presented   9 August 1918 by King George V at 3rd Army HQ, Chateau Frohen-le-Grand, Lucheux, France

Memorials

P  Headstone, St Paul's Cemetery (Foleshill St Paul's Burial Ground), Holbrooks Avenue, Holbrooks, Coventry, Warwickshire, England

P  Named on Rifle Brigade Role of Fame Memorial, Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire

P  Memorial Plaque, at War Memorial, Coventry, West Midlands

William Beesley Crescent, Gamecock Barracks, Bramcote, Nuneaton, Warwickshire


By The Way…

He was a Coal Miner before and after the war, but retiring in 1960 as a Commissionaire.


VC Held By

Royal Green Jackets Museum, Peninsular Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, England

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BORN   5 October 1895

DIED   23 September 1966  AGE   70

VC Won   8 May 1918   AGE   22

Place VC Won   Bucquoy, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1918

The First World War