The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant H O Beer


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Second Lieutenant Henry Oliver BEER, 8th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action in the advance at Loos, 26th September 1915, age 20. He fell leading his platoon against a position near Hulluch, just at the German wire entanglements.

Born 8th July 1895, Dulwich, SW.

Eldest Son of Henry Beer (Bullion Broker), and his wife Mary A. Beer, (daughter of Richard John Wade), of The White House, Oakwood Avenue, Beckenham, Kent.

Educated Dulwich College where he won a classical scholarship and was a member of the O.T.C. for five and a half years. He left in July 1914 and was entered at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, but on the outbreak of the European War in August volunteered and was Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to 8th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment September 1914; went to France with his Regiment 30th August 1915.

A fellow office wrote; " He died like a brave Gentleman, as we all knew him to be. The men loved him and we none of us can bear to think of his death."

Commemorated at  Loos Memorial, Panel 95 to 97, Pas de Calais, France.


OBITUARY

Born 8th July, 1895. He was a Senior Scholar at Dulwich and intended going up to Cambridge, having been entered at Caius College, but at the outbreak of war he applied for a commission and was gazetted a temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Service Battalion Royal West Kent's in September 1914. He went out to France with his battalion in August, 1915, and was killed in action during the advance at Loos, 25th September, 1915, while leading his platoon against a position near Hulluch.


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