BEAN, Frederick John

14801, Private, Frederick John BEAN
Aged 30

8th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
formerly 16653, The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Killed in Action on Sunday, 25th March 1917

Frederick John Bean was born in 1887 in Bardwell (Thingoe Q2-1887 4A:717), son of Charles and Elizabeth Ann BEAN (née CLARKE).

1891 census...Aged 4, he was at Bowback Cottages, Bardwell with his father Charles BEAN [56] farm labourer born Bardwell; his mother Elizabeth [44] born Horsford, Norfolk; brothers William CLARKE [19] born Hackney,London, Walter [16] and Charles [14] all three farm labourers, Harry [6]; sister Ann Elizabeth [12]. All the children except William were born in Bardwell. His father died later that year.

1901 census...Aged 14, farm labourer, he was at 12 Low Street, Bardwell with his widowed mother; brothers Charles (non domestic gardener and Harry (cattle man)

1911 census...Aged 24, a butcher, he was still in Low Street, Bardwell with his mother and brother Harry. On the pension card his mother was at the same address still.

He enlisted in Ixworth, and served less than 1 year.
From the area of Bully-Grenay, the war diary has:-
"25th - About 8.45 pm the enemy opened a heavy bombardment 5.9s, 4.2s, Minenwerfer and Aerial Darts on our right (A Coy) front and support lines. This gradually extended all along the Battn front.- the left Coy (C) getting a very heavy bombardment. This was apparently in retaliation for a fighting patrol sent out by the Battn on our right. The Battn suffered 127 OR casualties (5 killed and 12 wounded).

The Bury Free Press of 14th April 1917 reported:-

the sad news of the death of another Bardwell man, Prvt.Fred Bean, of the 6th Batt. of the Buffs, has been received by his widowed mother, Mrs.C.Bean of Bardwell during the opast week. This makes the 11th man form this village who has paid the supreme penalty. Prvt. Bean met his death duurng the "move on" in France on the 25th and was buried on the 27th of last month. Before the war he was employed by Mr. J.Ward, butcher and was widely known in the district. He was a member of the Baptist Church, which has lost a zealous adherent by his untimely death.Much sympathy is felt for the mother and members of the family.

This plaque was moved from the Bardwell Baptist Chapel to St Peter and St.Paul's Church in 2013

photo: Rodney Gibson

photo: Rodney Gibson

Frederick Bean is buried in Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, grave 1:D:2

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