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Beadell, Alfred George

Second Lieutenant Alfred George Beadell was born on November 17th, 1896 and was educated at the Maidenhead County Boys' School. Always a keen sportsman, he won the Victor Ludorum Cup and also his colours for football. While at school he was Q.M.S. of the 1st Royal Berks Cadet Battalion. He matriculated in January, 1915, and, on leaving school joined the evening classes at King's intending to take his Inter. B.Sc. with a view of following a scholastic career. While at college he joined the O.T.C., and in January, 1916, entered the Artists' Rifles O.T.C., being gazetted to the - Gloucester Regiment in September of that year. He left England for France on January 13th, 1917, and was killed in action on April 13th, while leading the first wave in an attack on a German trench. His commanding and brother officers have written of him as one of the bravest men they had ever met, absolutely without fear and always ready to volunteer for any dangerous work that had to be done. His thoughts being always for others, not for himself, with him the safety of his men came first.  King's College Review, Dec. 1917

Biographical

Surname(s)Beadell
First name(s)Alfred George
Date of birth17 November 1896
Place of birthLambeth District
Family detailsSon of Fanny Constance & the late Edgar Joseph Beadell of Royston, Kings Grove, Maidenhead
Previous educationMaidenhead County Boys' School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseArts & Science
Military unitGloucestershire Regiment 4th Battalion
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance from 13 January 1917
Date of death13 April 1917
Age at death20
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant
Cause of deathKilled instantly by a shot through the head while leading his platoon against an enemy trench
Burial placeUnicorn Cemetery Vend'hulle
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; University of London O.T.C. 1914-19

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