Stanley Beaumont (c.1893-1917)
Stanley Beaumont was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood Beaumont, of 7, Adelphi Road, Lindley, Huddersfield.
Lockwood and Sarah Beaumont had been married for twenty-eight years at the time of the 1911 census and had lived in Lindley for at least twenty-seven of them. They had a total of eight children of whom three died young. Stanley was born on 25 November 1892. They and their five surviving children lived at 146 New Hey Road — a house they had occupied for over a decade. Stanley attended the Oakes Board School and the Huddersfield Higher Grade School.
The house on the New Hey Road had only three rooms and must have felt very crowded with five grown children, all single and living at home. By the time Stanley was in the army, the Beaumonts had moved to Arnold Terrace on Reinwood Road and later to Adelphi Road in Marsh to what was presumably a larger house.
While Phyllis, the youngest of the Beaumont children, was a milliner's apprentice and Emily a sewing machinist, the boys, like many of their neighbours, were all involved in cloth manufacture — either a weaver like father or warehousemen.
Stanley was a warehouseman, which may have been a first or second job in the industry. According to the Huddersfield Examiner report of his death, he was working for Messrs. Bairstow, Sons and Company Ltd on Fitzwilliam Street, and was connected with the Zion Methodist Church in Lindley and a member of the Paddock Institute.
Stanley enlisted in the army on 8 February 1916 and served with 1/5th Battalion the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, the local Territorial Battalion, which may mean he was never actually called up but enlisted voluntarily. After initial training — probably at Clipstone camp in Nottinghamshire — he would have arrived in France in the autumn.
Stanley died on 7 October 1917 near Ypres in the Battle of Passchendaele when the Battalion came under intense shelling for most of the day, which destroyed much of the front line.
Stanley has no known grave and is remembered on the memorial in the huge Tyne Cot cemetery not far from the town. Stanley is also remembered on the St. Stephen's memorial and in the Salendine Nook Baptist Chapel yard. He was also remembered on the memorial that once stood in his chapel, the Zion New Connexion Chapel on Lidget Street in the centre of Lindley.
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, STANLEY. Signaller. No 241434. 1/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Oakes. Son of Mr and Mrs Lockwood Beaumont, 7 Arnold Terrace, Reinwood Road, Lindley. Educated at Oakes Council School and the Higher Grade School, Huddersfield. Employed as a warehouseman by Messrs Bairstow, Sons and Company Limited. Attended the Lindley Zion Methodist Church and was a member of the Paddock Institute. Enlisted 8.2.1916. Killed in action at Passchendaele, 7.10.1917, aged 24 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
- ROH:- Lindley Zion Methodist Church; St. Stephen's Church, Lindley; Huddersfield Drill Hall; commemorated in Salendine Nook Baptist Chapel yard.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Private STANLEY BEAUMONT
- regiment: Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
- died: Sunday, October 7, 1917
- age: 24 years
- record ID: 844466
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #844466)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #266174)
Notes and References
- In 1911 John, the oldest, was 27, Emily 24, while Stanley was 18 and Phyllis was 15.