George Henry Beagley

Text and Research by Tatsfield History Project

George Beagley was born in Tatsfield in 1889, the son of Stephen & Kate Beagley (née Loveland) of 3 Council Cottages. He enlisted at Guildford, as a Driver and served with the 123rd Brigade, (H.Q) Royal Field Artillery (service number 79599)

He died on 23 October 1918 and is buried at the Belle Vue British Cemetery at Briastre, France Grave A24.

The village of Briastre – between Cambrai and Valenciennes – was taken by the New Zealand and 37th Divisions on the night of 11th October 1918 and on the 20th, Belle Vue Farm was captured by the 5th East Lancs of the 42nd Division. The cemetery was begun by the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division on 23 October, but used for a few days only.

His name appears on the memorial plaque in St Mary’s Church.

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