BECKETT, George Walter

No.50220, Private, George Walter BECKETT
Aged 20

163rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
formerly No.1675, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 27th March 1917

George Walter Beckett was born in 1897 (Mildenhall Q1-1897 4A:841), son of George and Florence BECKETT (née WAKE).

1901 census...Aged 4,he was at Beck Row Road, Mildenhall with his mother Florence BECKETT [27] born Barton Mills and his sister Florence [2] born Mildenhall. His father George BECKETT [29] a mailman, was boarding with Elizabeth HOOK [59](widow and publican) and her family, in Soham.

1911 census...Aged 14, he was at Waverley Cottages, The Field, Mildenhall, with his parents (father a jobbing bricklayer) and sisters Millie [12] and Eva [7] born Mildenhall. Sister Florence was registered as Millie Florence M. BECKETT.

The pension card has his mother at North Road,Mildenhall.

George enlisted in Mildenhall . His Army service records have not been found, but his "Soldiers effects" record has him killed in Syria.
The 163rd MG Company was formed in 54th (East Anglian) Division on 1 May 1916. On March 23rd 1917 they were getting ready for the 1st Battle of Gaza.(26th/27th)
George was the only one of his company to die that day.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

George Beckett is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, panel 55

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