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Charles Reeve Beechey

Charles Reeve Beechey was born on the 27th April 1878 at Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire.

He was a Private (number 58708) in the 25th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and died of his wounds on the 20th October 1917 aged 39 in East Africa. He is buried in Dar es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania..

He was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge.  In 1914 Charles was a Schoolmaster at Stamford School in Lincolnshire. He stayed on as a schoolmaster while his brothers rushed to join up, then after giving in to pressure to join the war, he wrote:

These last three years seem so awful to us after the 20 we spent in such peace and enjoyment, so let me now hope that we have had our share of the losses although we are taking more than our share of the dangers.

Charles Reeve Beechey

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