Louis Archie Beaumont

Rank:Private - Manchester RgtNumber:34637
How Died:Blast or collapsing building
Incident Date:01/04/1916
Incident Address.Baptist Chapel, Alexandra Rd, Cleethorpes
Died Address:Baptist Chapel, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes
Cemetery or Memorial:Cleethorpes Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the June quarter 1881 in the Oldham
R.D. - ref: 8d/619, the son of Harry Butler &
Elinor Jane Beaumont (nee Pannell).

In 1891, hiis father was recorded as a Professor
of Music.  By 1911 the entire family was involved
in the theatre including Louis who was listed as a
Theatrical Assistant.  

From Oldham Chronicle April 8th 1916, Page 7:
Private Beaumont’s home was at 2,
Coronation-street, Oldham, and his father is
well-known in the town as a musical director.  
Deceased was 33 years of age and up to recently
was employed at Messrs, Noton’s cardcan* works. 
He had made several attempts to enlist in the
army, and had been rejected, but was finally
accepted under the Derby scheme, and left Oldham
on Tuesday of last week for a training
headquarters on the East Coast.
*Word unclear in filmed image of original
newspaper report.  From Kelly’s Directory 1905:
Samuel Noton & Sons, Ironmongers and tinplate
workers 250 & 252 Ashton Road, Oldham

From The National Archives WO 363
Attested on 11 December 1915 aged 34 years 212
To army reserve 12 December 1915
Mobilised 28 March 1916
Height 5 ft 3 ins
Weight 8 stone 2 lbs

Next of kin
Brothers	Frank Pannell Beaumont  (38)
		33 Benton Street, Liverpool

		Percy Irving Beaumont  (36)
		134 Busk Street, Oldham

Sisters		Ada Helena Beaumont  (40)
		Ethel May Beaumont  (34)
		Vera Beaumont  (28)
		All 2 Coronation Street, Oldham.

I am most grateful to Dorothy Bintly for much of
the above information.

At 01.30 hrs during the night of the 31st
March/1st April 1916, a bomb was dropped from
Zeppelin LZ61 onto the Baptist Chapel killing 32
soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Manchester
Regiment who were billeted there.

On Tuesday, 4th April 1916, 24 men were buried in
the one grave under a Special Memorial erected by
subscription, one (Bodsworth) in another unmarked
grave in this cemetery is also named on the
memorial in Cleethorpes Cemetery, whilst 6 of the
deceased were taken to their home towns by their
relatives.   The Military Funeral was very
impressive. The Massed Bands of the 3rd Bn
Manchester Regiment, 4th Bn Manchester Regiment
and the 3rd Bn Lincolnshire Regiment took part.  
The 24 coffins were carried on eight motor
lorries, draped with the Union Flag and covered
with wreaths.

CWGC - Son of Harry B. Beaumont. Born at Oldham.

WW 1 Zeppelin Raids
Cleethorpes Zeppelin Raids
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