HORACE BEET 1893–1918


Born 1893 in Ilkeston

Married Oct-December 1915 to Alice Annie Bates

Died 26th December 1918 in France of influenza and pneumonia, age 25

Buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery.

Commemorated on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial

1901 Census

Age 8 living with father James 39, from Stoke Bardolph and mother Katherine 39, from Nottingham, sisters Nellie 17, a domestic servant, Katherine 16, an ironer-laundry, Henrietta 14, a lace-hand mender and brother Fred 12 who was born in Barkstone, Nottinghamshire.  They lived at 25 Denison Street, Radford.

1911 Census

Age 18 employed as a general labourer and living with his brother in law William Lewin and sister Helen (Nellie) Lewin. They lived at 2 Edward Ave, Bobbers Mill, Nottingham.

He was employed at Notts. County Asylum (Saxondale); he is listed in their records as an attendant who served in the Armed Forces.

Military Service

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 11078

Military Unit: 1st Division Ammunition column, Royal Field Artillery

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 16.8.14

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star with Clasp, British War and Victory

Other information

Address: Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent.
He died of influenza in a base military hospital in France at Wimille, near the coast north of Boulogne.

Article: The influenza pandemic and its impact on Radcliffe on Trent

His service record has not been found but he was in the army before the outbreak of war. His award of the 1914 Star shows he was fighting in France during the first sixteen weeks of the war and would therefore have been a member of the regular army. His qualifying date for  the 1914 Star was 16 August 1914.

Alice Annie Bates received £5 grant on 20 February 1919 and 13 shillings 9d (69p) a week pension from 7 July 1919.

Horace’s widow Alice married Arthur William Smith in 1920 and lived in Radcliffe for the rest of her life. Alice and her second husband had 3 children; the eldest William was killed 23rd November 1941 in action in the Middle East in WW2. He served with the York and Lancaster Regiment and is buried Knightsbridge War Cemetery Acroma, Libya.

Commonwealth War Graves

Son of James Beet of Hempsall Hall Lodge, nr Nottingham


‘BEET. – In loving remembrance of my dear brother, Horace Beet, died December 26th, 1918, British Hospital, France, after 4½ years’ service. We miss him most who loved him best. – Loving sister Hetty.’ From the Nottingham Evening Post, 26th December 1919.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Worked then married and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.

Horace Beet
Terlincthun British Cemetery, France

Photograph Notts County Council Roll of Honour