No. 3596582, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers
Died of illness in service on Wednesday 16 August 1944 (aged 40)
Holywood Cemetery, Co. Down (Protestant Ground Grave 1393)
Benjamin Beeby was born in Underwood, Nottinghamshire, and his birth was registered in the third quarter of 1905 in Basford, Nottinghamshire. His father William was a coal miner and in the 1911 census it is recorded that William Beeby was 46 years old, he had been married for 24 years and he had 20 children, 13 of whom were still living. His wife was Lois Beeby (nee Hall).
Benjamin Beeby was a Corporal in the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment stationed in Palace Barracks, Holywood when he and Martha Forde of 21 The Strand, Holywood were married in Belfast Registrar’s Office on 7 November 1936. Martha’s father Samuel was a brass moulder and he and Lily Kidd were married on 23 June 1910 in St. Augustine’s Church of Ireland Church, Londonderry.
Benjamin Beeby was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers and he developed cancer of the stomach.
Sergeant Benjamin Beeby (No. 3596582) was 40 years old when he died at 21 The Strand, Holywood on 16 August 1944. He was buried in Holywood Cemetery on 19 August 1944 and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
BY HIS LOVING WIFE
AND SONS BENNY AND RAYMOND