Frederick William Beaumont (1892-1917)
Frederick William Beaumont was born towards the end of 1892 and was the son of Chadwick Beaumont, a worsted weaver and his wife Mary Emma, who lived at Wood Street, Longwood. By the time of his birth, Chadwick and Mary had been married eleven years and Frederick was their fourth child. Another, Emily, was born some five years after Fred.
By 1901, the oldest children were at work: George, born in 1882, was a clerk, Amy (born 1883) was a weaver and Alfred who was aged 17 was a plumber's apprentice. Number 55 Wood Street had only four rooms so with these three grown children and two others, it must have seemed very cramped. However, with the wages of four workers, the family must have felt financially comfortable, at least. Fred attended Crow Lane Board School in Milnsbridge.
By 1911, George and Amy had moved out, presumably after marrying and Fred was working as a grocer's assistant mainly at the Hillhouse Co-operative Stores, though sometimes at the Golcar, Longwood and Paddock branches. As well as attending the Salendine Nook Baptist Church, Frederick was also a member of the Milnsbridge Liberal Club.
Frederick joined the army in April 1916, probably after being conscripted. After initial training, he served in the 20th Northumberland Fusiliers, the Tyneside Scottish, a battalion of the New Army, which had been in France since January 1916.
Mentioned in despatches, Frederick was only in France for seven months before he was wounded and died at the Wimereux military hospital and was buried at the Communal Cemetery.
As well as being remembered at the Salendine Nook Baptist Church and on the family stone in the churchyard, Frederick is also on memorials at Crow Lane School and St. Mark's Church, Longwood.
Chadwick died in 1929 and Mary in 1936. Frederick's sister Emily who married John Clay, died in 1957 aged 60.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- BEAUMONT, FREDERICK WILLIAM. Private. No 30200. 26th Battalion (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers. Son of Chadwick and Mary Emma Beaumont, 35 Wood Street, Longwood. Attended Crow Lane Board School, Milnsbridge. Employed by the Hillhouse Cooperative Stores and had also worked at the Longwood, Paddock and Golcar branches. Attended Salendine Nook Baptist Church and Sunday School. Was a member of the Milnsbridge Liberal Club. Enlisted April 1916. Mentioned in despatches. Had served in France for seven months when he was wounded and died at Wimereux, 27.10.1917, aged 25 years. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 6, Row E, Grave 31A.
- ROH:- Salendine Nook Baptist Church and a memorial in the churchyard, 509E; St. Mark's Parish Church, Longwood; Crow Lane Board School, Milnsbridge.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Private FREDERICK WILLIAM BEAUMONT
- regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
- died: Saturday, October 27, 1917
- age: 25 years
- record ID: 507656
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #507656)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #5175536)