Frank Beale

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 21, 1888

Born in London England to Robert and Alice Inkpen (nee Hogben) Beale


Jan 3, 1916

Attested into the 98th Battalion at Welland Ontario 

Ø      Number 210111

Ø      Next of kin given as Robert Beale, father, of 90 Victoria Park Rd, South Hackney, London, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 

Frank’s brother, Reginald, Attested the same day, number 210112


Feb 28, 1916

Forfeited 3 day’s pay for being absent


Jul 16, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp


Oct 4, 1916

Along with his brother Reginald, Frank Beale was transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 5, 1916

The brothers arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp at Havre France along with 130 other reinforcements from England


Oct 20, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve at Bully Grenay


Jan 1, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion after completing the Lewis Gun Course


May 15, 1917

Pte Frank Beale died of wounds at the No 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  The file does not indicate when he was actually wounded, but the War Diary reports the last casualties prior to this date were on May 12th when an enemy artillery barrage wounded 11 men.  I would assume that Pte Beale was wounded at that time and taken to a Field Ambulance for first aid, then transferred to the CCS where he succumbed to his wounds. 

Barlin Communal Cemetery
Pas de Calais, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal (below), Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Robert Beale, at 505 Cambridge Rd, Bethnel Green, London, England


There was no Memorial Cross issued as his mother had predeceased him. 

His brother Reginald survived until November 3 1917 when he was killed in action 

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