Born: 21st May 1897, Ipswich.
Died: 24th November 1917; age 20; Died of Wounds in Salonica, Greece.
Residence: 298, Norwich Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: in the business of his maternal uncle – Messrs. T. Parkington & Son, Ipswich – Builders.
Joined the 1st Suffolk Yeomanry at the outbreak of war, and was wounded at Anzac Cove. Valentine rejoined at Alexandria and was recommended for a commission, he under went his training at Wadham’s College, Oxford. Whilst at the college he gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
Ailment: Peritonsillar abscess – Quinsey – 18th August 1917.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant.
Regiment: King’s Own, Royal Lancaster Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Originally laid to rest at Kalinova Cemetery, grave 3.B.13. In 1921 body exhumed, identified and reburied at Karasouli Military Cemetery.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Edward & Patty Beard, of 298, Norwich Road, Ipswich.
1901 74, Orford Street, Ipswich.
Valentine was 3 years old and living with his parents & sister.
Edward Beard, 40, a House Furnisher – employer, born Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Patty Repton Beard (nee Barratt), 33, born Leicester, Leicestershire.
Marian Beard, 7, born Ipswich.
2 general domestic servants.
1911 298, Norwich Road, Ipswich.
Valentine was 13 years old and living with his parents, sister & paternal grandmother.
Edward, 50, a House Furnisher – employer.
Sarah Beard, 76, a widow, born Birmingham, Warwickshire.
1 general domestic servant.
Valentine was educated at Ipswich School – entered 1906 – he was in the O.T.C. Valentine left in 1912 to enter the business of his uncle Messrs. T. Parkington & Son, Ipswich.
Valentine’s medals were sent to his family on the 4th August 1921.
Probate to Edward Beard – father, a furnishing agent.
Soldiers’ Effects to Edward Beard – father.
Valentine is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.
Diss Express – Friday, 1st December 1922
– IPSWICH – MUNIFICENT GIFTS TO THE HOSPITAL – At the last meeting of the Board of Management of the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital a communication was read from Mr. Thomas Robert Peral Parkington, of Northgate Street, who stated he wished to endow a bed at the hospital to perpetuate the memory of his nephew, and enclosed a cheque for £1000 for that purpose.
The nephew, who was 20 years of age, met with his death in leading his men over the top during the Great War. The generous act of his uncle, was the only son of Mr. Edward and Mrs. Patty Beard, of Ipswich; he was a pupil in Mr. Parkington’s office and beloved by all those with whom he came in contact. The writer also intimated his intention of increasing his annual subscription to the hospital to £52.