Beal, A R G
ARTHUR REGINALD GEORGE BEAL
Remembered with honour Chatham Naval Memorial: Panel 9.
He started his naval career as an Assistant Paymaster 8 March 1885, was promoted to Paymaster 1 October 1897, to Staff Paymaster 1 October 1901, and was gazetted Fleet Paymaster 6 October 1905, serving on many ships in his time. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and Star medals, and was lost in action when Goliath was sunk in Morto Bay off Cape Helles by two torpedoes from a Turkish torpedo boat destroyer, taking 570 of the 700-strong crew to the bottom.
Son of Charles and Mary Ann (nee ATKINSON) BEAL; husband of May Holland (nee MORRIS) BEAL.
His parents married 1856 in the Stepney, London, district. Mary died 1919 in the Portsmouth, Hants, district aged 84.
Arthur was born 8 March 1864 in Waterlooville, Hants, and married 31 March 1910 at St James’, Muswell Hill, Middx; they had two children. May never remarried and died 6 December 1954 in Winchester, Hants, aged 76.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1871 Census, aged 7 he lived in Portsea, Hants, with his mother and four siblings. On the 1881 Census, a clerk aged 17, he was aboard H.M.S. Malta, somewhere! On the 1891 Census, an assistant paymaster, he was aboard H.M.S. Orlando at sea, somewhere. On the 1901 Census, a Paymaster aged 37, he was aboard H.M.S. Racoon in Aden. On the 1911 Census, a Fleet Paymaster R.N. aged 47, he lived in Muswell Hill, with his wife and one child.
Date of death13*/05/1915
Age at death51
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)