Reginald Beale

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 10, 1889

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 210112

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 

Reginald’s brother, Frank, Attested the same day, number 210111


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 Frank, Reginald 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 14, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Oct 16, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Divion


Nov 19, 1916

Proceeded on the Bombing Course


Nov 26, 1916

Rejoined the Battalion from the Bombing Course


May 15, 1917

Reginald’s brother Frank died of wounds that he had received a few days earlier


Aug 6, 1917

Proceeded on course of instruction (there is no indication which course this was)


Aug 25, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from course


Nov 3, 1917

During the night of November 3rd-4th, the Battalion moved into the front line at Passchendaele under a heavy enemy barrage, followed by a German attack on the line North East of Crest Farm.  During this action, Pte Beale was killed

Tyne Cot Cemetery
Ypres, Belgium

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, 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.



During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Pte Reginald Beale's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.

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