Isaac BEELEY
Rank: Private
Number: 169451
Unit: 19th Squadron MACHINE GUN CORPS (CAVALRY)
Date of Death: 8 November 1918
Age: 32
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt

George Beeley married Sarah Goostrey in the late autumn of 1895 at St Thomas' Church, Stockport. About a year later, Isaac was born and he is thought to have been their only child.  When the 1901 Census was taken, the family was living at 17 Bramhall Moor Lane, Hazel Grove and Isaac was working as an office boy at a cloth works. John Eaton, in his book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" notes that, in 1910, he was following the same trade as his father and was working as a heating engineer.

By then, he is thought to have married Eleanor Heywood. After the War, she was living at 4 Willard Street but it is not known if this is the home she shared with Isaac.

When War was declared, the regular army's cavalry regiments were mobilised and reserve units formed as training units. The 5th Regiment was formed in 1917 and Isaac was assigned to it when he was conscripted into the army in that year and was given the service number 34760. After training, he was allocated to the Worcestershire Yeomanry which was a unit of the Territorial force. He will have gone overseas to join his unit which was fighting the Turkish army in Egypt.

Although there seems to be no published information about the 19th Squadron, there is a history of their comrades in the 20th. Both Squadrons were formed in 1917 were comprised of about 200 men. Asn cavalry, the men rode horses and their 12 heavy Vickers machine guns were moved by mule-driven wagons. Only about a third of the men joining the 20th had experience as machine gunners.

Isaac died whilst in hospital from pneumonia. In his book, Mr Eaton suggests that the 19th Squadron moved to France in May 1918 and, therefore, Isaac must have been ill for some time. The Worcestershire Yeomanry certainly went to France in May but, it has not been possible for this website to identify to which higher command the Squadron was responsible to confirm if it also went.  However, the only internet references that have been found suggest that the Squadron remained in Egypt until the Armistice. Pneumonia was the usual cause of death of men who fell victim to the worldwide influenza epidemic in the autumn of 1918.

   
           
   
     
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