Born: 1886, Ipswich.

Died on or since death presumed: 26th August 1914; age 28; KiA at the Battle of Mons.

Residence: 35, Victoria Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 22nd August 1914.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 7960

Regiment: Essex Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.


Grave Reference:


Esnes Communal Cemetery,





1891   19, Chapman’s Yard, Ipswich.


Arthur was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur William Beckett, 29, a Quay Labourer, born Ipswich.

Margaret Sarah Beckett (nee Bruty), 28, a Stay Dresser, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Sarah Beckett, 6, born Ipswich.

Bertie Charles Beckett, 2, born Ipswich.


1901   5, Kemp Street, Ipswich.


Arthur was 15 years old, a Dyer’s Porter. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur, a Dock Labourer.

Margaret, 37.

Sarah, 16, a Vest Hand – Tailor.

Bertie, 12.

Alice Mary Ann Beckett, 9, born Ipswich.

Lilian Beckett, 7, born Ipswich.

Charles William Beckett, 6, born Ipswich.

Violet Gertrude Beckett, 2, born Ipswich.

Emma Eliza Beckett, 3 months, born Ipswich.


Arthur’s family were living at 26, Victoria Street, Ipswich, on the 1911 census.

Beatrice, 25.

May, 5.

Emily Southgate, 46, a widow, a Charwoman, born Debenham, Suffolk.


In 1907, Ipswich, Arthur married Beatrice Annie Summers, born 1885, Ipswich.

They had 2 children:

Dorothy May Beckett, born April 1906, Ipswich.

Arthur William Frederick Beckett, born June 1913, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Beatrice Annie Beckett – widow.

Arthur is also remembered on the Orwell Works war memorial – Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich – now kept at the Stowmarket East Anglian Life Museum.

   St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich War Memorial.



One Comment

  • Thomas Beckett was my late dads maternal great uncle.
    We went to visit his grave a few times in Esnes, France. It is the village cemetery and is very peaceful. I’m glad I found it for my dad as he was so pleased every time he went.


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