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Barnard Reeve Beechey

Barnard Reeve Beechey was born on the 26th April 1877 at Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire.

He was a Sergeant (number 13773) in the 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment and was killed in action on 25th September 1915, aged 38 years old at the Battle of Loos.  He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.

I really am all right and don’t mind the life, only we all wish the thing was over.

Barnard Reeve Beechey

He was educated at St John’s Foundation School for the Sons of Poor Clergy, Leatherhead and St John’s College, Cambridge. He worked as deputy headmaster at Dorchester Grammar.

Barnard was the eldest and the first of the brothers to die.

Just a few days before he was killed in September 1915, he wrote:

I really am all right and don’t mind the life, only we all wish the thing was over.

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Last updated: 31 January 2011

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