Frederick Lawford Beard

Gloucestershire Regiment
Date of death 
3 October 1917
Age of death 
Cemetery / Memorial 

Born in 1897 at Totterdown Bristol, he was the son of George Henry (Labourer) and Alice Elizabeth Beard. 1901: With his family, who were living with their in-laws, William and Isabella Salter at 5 Stokes Croft Place, Bristol. 1911: A Scholar with his family at 12 Montgomery Street, Bedminster, Bristol. His father was described as a Carter - Invalid, and his mother worked as a tobacco pipe maker.

Frederick enlisted at Bristol, initially with 10 Gloucestershire Regiment, but subsequently moved to 12, 1, and 8 Battalions of that Regiment.

In September 1917 the Battalion was engaged in the Third Battle of Ypres, otherwise known as “Passchendaele”. They had seen action at the Menin Road Bridge on 20th September, and Polygon Wood on 26th September. At some stage, Frederick Beard sustained wounds from which he died in one of the Casualty Clearing Stations at Godewaersvelde.

He has no obvious connection to Woodford.

Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian