Beverland, Charles Ferris

Beverland, Charles Ferris (Charles)

Second Lieutenant

2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of wounds on Monday 4 December 1916 (aged 22)

Buried:

H A C Cemetery, Ecoust-St Mein, Pas de Calais, France

(Pronville German Cemetery Memorial 34)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial

Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)

Sullivan Upper School Holywood

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

QUB Book of Remembrance (Page 9)

Cousin of Sergeant Robert Beverland (No. 17262)

BIOGRAPHY

Charles Ferris Beverland was born on 6 October 1894 in Holywood and he was the youngest son of Robert and Sarah Beverland (nee Herd) who were married on 18 September 1884 in Drumbeg Parish Church of Ireland Church.  Robert Beverland, a shopkeeper from Belfast, was a son of Robert Beverland, a bootmaker.  Sarah Herd from Drumbeg was a daughter of St. John Herd, a farmer.

The Beverland family lived at 13 Lothair Avenue, Belfast; in Church Avenue, Holywood and at 2 Alexandra Park, Holywood.

Robert Beverland was a boot merchant and a cousin of boot manufacturer David Beverland who was casualty Robert Beverland’s father.

David Beverland (the boot manufacturer) had a factory on the Newtownards Road, Belfast and, at one time, Robert Beverland (the boot merchant) had three shops in Belfast

Robert and Sarah Beverland (nee Herd) had five sons:

James (Jim, born 8 March 1886 at 13 Lothair Avenue, Belfast)

John Herd (Jack, born 20 February 1888 at 13 Lothair Avenue, Belfast; fought in Gallipoli and was awarded the Military Cross during the First World War, died in 1958)

David (born 18 February 1890 in Church Avenue, Holywood)

Robert (Bertie, born 27 March 1892 in Church Avenue, Holywood)

Charles Ferris (born 6 October 1894 in Church Avenue, Holywood)

Charles Ferris Beverland was three when his mother Sarah died of puerperal septicaemia on 21 December 1897 (aged 37) in Alexandra Park, Holywood.

After his mother Sarah died, his father Robert married Elizabeth Beverland on 12 April 1905 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip and St James).  Elizabeth Beverland from Ballycastle, Co Antrim was a daughter of Robert Beverland, a farmer.

Charles Ferris Beverland was 11 when his father, Robert died of pneumonia on 11 June 1906 (aged 60) in Portstewart.

Charles Ferris Beverland was educated in Holywood and, after leaving school, he was apprenticed to a furniture maker.  He joined the Queen’s University Belfast Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) in November 1915.

During the Great War Charles Beverland served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 96th Brigade of the 32nd Division and he was wounded in action during the Battle of the Somme.

Second Lieutenant Charles Ferris Beverland was captured by the Germans and he was 22 when he died in a German field hospital on 4 December 1916.

Second Lieutenant Charles Ferris Beverland was buried in the H A C Cemetery, Ecoust-St Mein, Pas de Calais, France (Pronville German Cemetery Memorial 34) and he is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial; in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James); in Sullivan Upper School Holywood; on the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial and in the QUB Book of Remembrance (Page 9).