Hugh Sadler Beech



Mar 20, 1889

Born in Horton, Cheshire, England to Peter and Mary Anne (nee Sadler) Beech


Jun 10, 1914

Embarked the SS Tunisian in Liverpool


Jun 19, 1914

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Port Hope, Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59051 (temporary number 725)

Ø      Next of kin given as Peter Beech, father, Horton, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 8, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Military Hospital, Shorncliffe, with a diagnosis that reads Pneumonia


Jun 22, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 25, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division Mining Section for duty


Jan 12, 1916

Transferred to the newly formed 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company in St. Marie Capell


Mar 6, 1916

Admitted to the No. 3 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Diarrhea


Mar 17, 1916

Transferred to the North Midland Casualty Clearing Station


Mar 24, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 27, 1916

Admitted to the No. 2 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jun 1, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jun 2, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 5, 1916

Granted leave until June 13, 1916


Jun 14, 1916

Rejoined unit from leave


Jul 18, 1917

Forfeited 5 day’s pay for Disobedience in that he: “having a light on in his hut and gambling after Lights Out”


Oct 2, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 13, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave


Nov 23, 1917

Appointed to the rank of 2nd Corporal (Lance Corporal)


May 30, 1918

Admitted to No. 15 Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and transferred to the No. 17 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jun 3, 1918

Transferred to the No. 58 CCS


Jun 5, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 6, 1918

Rejoined his unit


Nov 23, 1918

Granted leave until December 7, 1918


Dec 8, 1918

Rejoined his unit from leave


Mar 3, 1919

Proceeded to England and attached to the CSME (Canadian School of Military Engineering) for duty


Mar 10, 1919

Posted to the 3rd CERB (Canadian Engineers Reserve Battalion) in Seaford


Apr 11, 1919

Transferred to the 2nd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) in London pending discharge


Apr 25, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in London, England 

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Malpas, Cheshire, England 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Malpas, Cheshire, England 

In June of 1926 he was married to Helena Aston in Rugby, Warwickshire, England 

March 1955 died in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England


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