Frederick Shore BEELEY
Rank: Private
Number: 27261
Date of Death: 27 August 1916
Age: 32
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Fred Beeley was the son of Joseph (a grocer) and Hananh Beeley of 11 Southwood Road, Stockport. He had two sisters – Jessie and EdithHe married Carolinewho, in the 1920s, was living at The Cottage, Marple. It’s not known if this is the home they shared.

Fred worshipped at Buxton Road Congregational Church. He worked at the Head Office of the Refuge Assurance Company in Manchester (and is commemorated on the Company’s entry in the Manchester Battalions Book of Honour – appendix page 40). He enlisted in March 1916 and went overseas in July.

The South Lancashires were in action in early July in the opening days of the Battle of the Somme. Fred probably joined the Battalion when it was training well away from the fighting area at the end of the month and early August. From 20 August, it returned to the battlefield, going into reserve positions at Aveluy Wood. On the day he was killed, the Battalion had provided men for working parties near the front line, probably carrying stores. Two other local men, Ernest Burgess and Adam Pickering, who had joined around the same time as him, were also killed. All three were probably killed by shellfire.

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