Remembered with honour Jerusalem Memorial: Panel 17.
He enlisted in Watford, and was formerly Private 10638 Bedfordshire Regiment. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 26 July 1915, and was killed in action in the front line following the Second Battle of Gaza in the Egyptian theatre of war . Unfortunately, William’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for William in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 9 June 1917.
Son of Samuel and Charlotte Lottie (nee GREEN) BEAN of Leavesden Green, Herts.
His parents married 4 August 1892 at St James’, Bushey, Herts. Samuel died 1948 in Watford aged 77, and was buried 11 February in North Watford Cemetery; Charlotte died 1953 in Watford aged 81, and was buried 5 January, also in North Watford Cemetery.
William was born 2 August 1893 in Watford, and baptised 21 April 1895 at St Andrew’s, Watford. He attended first Callow Land Infants’ School, Watford; then Callowland Board School from 8 January 1900 to 31 July 1907.
On the 1901 Census, aged 7 he lived in Watford, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1911 Census, a gardener aged 17, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and seven siblings.
Date of death20/04/1917
Age at death24
Place of death
NotesHis brother Samuel died 10 February 1917 and also features in this Roll of Honour
- 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)