John Beevers 1890


DOB 1890, Liversedge, Nr. Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
Mother Elizabeth Sykes
Father Thos (Thomas) Beevers

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Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France.
This is where John Beevers is burried (I.I.106).
Occupation Miner, WW1 Barnsley Pal.
Lived Liversedge, Mapplewell.
Marriage Dec. 1913 to Amy Bretton.
Children Lilian Beevers.
Died 8 April 1916
Sucrerie (France).
  • John Beevers was born in Liversedge, Nr. Dewsbury, in 1890, probably on Cotton Row (see Census 1891). Cotton Row was in the centre of Roberttown, built by a cotton maker and demolished in the early 1970's.
  • The Census 1891 shows that his father Thos (Thomas) Beevers had already died before John was a year old, and as such he was brought up by his mother Elizabeth Sykes. He was the youngest of 8 children. Fortunately for his mother three of the older children were of working age.
  • The Census 1901 shows the family living on Roberttown Lane in Liversedge. Four of the elder children had left home by this time, his mother had not re-married.
  • It seems likely as John reached working age he moved to live in Mapplewell or perhaps one of his elder brothers looked for work there.
  • John Beevers got married in Dec. 1913 to Amy Bretton in Mapplewell.
  • They had one daughter Lilian Beevers on the 5th of November 1914. They were living in Church Street at the time.
  • In 1914 the Mayor of Barnsley called upon men to join the 1st Barnsley Pals (Barnsley Pals) to train to fight in WW1. John Beevers ignored this call. In 1915 the Mayor of Barnsley called upon men to join the 2nd Barnsley Pals to train to fight in WW1. John Beevers answered this call and was now a soldier.
  • The Barnsley Pals, 1st and 2nd, joined with other Pals Regiments and some mainstream soldiers to form the Yorks and Lancs Regiment.
  • He was sent out to Egypt at the end of 1915 where the Turkish army were expected to attack the Suez Canal. When the Turks failed to mount an offensive he was sent to France. He arrieved there on March the 8th in Maseilles. He marched up to the Somme region in Norther France.He died on April 8th just a few weeks before the start of the worst fighting ever know, the Battle of the Somme. On the 1st July 1916 70,000 British soldiers died in one day.The Barnsley Pals were slaughtered along with many others.
  • Below are details of John's war record including showing where he is buried.

Country: France
Locality: Somme
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Location Information: Colincamps is a village about 16 kilometres north of Albert. Sucrerie Military Cemetery is about 3 kilometres south-east of the village on the north side of the road from Mailly-Maillet to Puisieux.
Historical Information: The cemetery was begun by French troops in the early summer of 1915, and extended to the West by British units from July in that year until, with intervals, December, 1918. It was called at first the 10th Brigade Cemetery. Until the German retreat in March, 1917, it was rather more than a 1.6 kilometres from the front line; and from the end of March, 1918, (when the New Zealand Division was engaged in fighting at the Sucrerie) to the following August it was under fire. The 285 French and twelve German graves were removed to other cemeteries after the Armistice, and in consequence there are gaps in the lettering of the Rows. There are now 1104, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these 219 casualties are unidentified. The cemetery covers an area is 6,322 square metres and it is enclosed by a low brick wall.
No. of Identified Casualties: 885

Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment
Unit Text: 14th Bn.
Date of Death: 08/04/1916
Service No: 14/9
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. I. 106.

Details above taken from


Mapplewell & Staincross War Memorial Mapplewell & Staincross War Memorial

Mapplewell & Staincross War Memorial 1914-1918. 

 John Beevers WW1 Medal Rolls Index Card

Above is John Beevers British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Card.

Allied Victory Medal (Victory Medal) was awarded for service in any operational theater between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. It was issued to individuals who received the 1914 and 1914-15 Stars and to most individuals who were issued the British War Medal. The medal was also awarded for service in Russia (1919-1920) and post-war mine clearance in the North Sea (1918-1919). See