WW1 - Surnames starting with the letter B. 

Fred Beckett

Rank:Air Mech 2Number:F/19245
Name of Rgt or Ship:H.M.S. President II
How Died:Drowned
Country of burial:U.K.Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Urmston Cemetrey
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Accidentally drowned in the River Medway at Kingsnorth, Kent.

Inquest into his death held at the R.N. Hospital, Chatham, Kent on Friday
11th May 1917.

According to the evidence given to the inquest by another Urmston man -
Thomas James Richards RNAS - he entered a rowing boat in which he was
unaware that there were no oars.    The boat suddenly drifted away from the
river bank (presumably he must have jumped overboard) as the report states
- that although he was a strong swimmwer, being a Lancashire water polo
player, he was seized by cramp and drowned before help could get to him.  

Buried 15/05/1917 - Burial No. 1,669.

Private Gravestone.

M.I. - "In the midst of life, we are in death".

His wife, Lily Ann Freeman died 03/04/1963 aged 76 years.
Memorials found on:
St. Clement's (Urmston)
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