Born: 1897, Ipswich.
Died: 4th December 1914; age 17; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 15th September 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/8757; Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,
1901 Gypsy Caravan, The Common, Blaxhall, Suffolk.
William was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
William Beckett, 37, a General Dealer – Hawker – own shop, born Halesworth, Suffolk.
Maryann Lily Beckett, 39, a Hawker – own account, born Chatham, Kent.
Beatrice Beckett, 13, born Harwich, Essex.
Lovethine Beckett, 10, born Southwold, Suffolk.
Isabella Beckett, 7, born Coldfair Green, Suffolk.
Alicia Beckett, 2, born Tunstall, Suffolk.
Walter Beckett, 8 months, Blaxhall, Suffolk.
1911 6, Austin Street, Ipswich.
William was 15 years old, a Marine Store Dealer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
William, 48, a Marine Store Dealer – own account.
Editors note:” 3/ ” denotes he had been registered to a TA battalion and was also under age to travel abroad. William coming from a travellers back ground would of been an asset to the hardships of trench and field life and would of been seeking a great adventure.
THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 2nd Battalion: