Biography of Corporal Albert Henry Beecroft (31312)
18th Battalion Manchester Regiment
Died 30th July 1916


  • Name: Albert Henry Beecroft
  • Date of birth: 1881
  • Place of Birth: Huddersfield, Yorkshire. England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1881
  • Place of Birth Registration: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England


  • Name: Henry Beecroft
  • DOB: 1843
  • Place of Birth: Mickfield, Suffolk, England
  • Occupation: Boot and shoe maker


  • Name: Elizabeth Turner
  • DOB: 1851
  • Place Of Birth: Gosberton, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 9th November 1874 Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Ada Elizabeth Beecroft, 1875, Huddersfield
  • Beertie William Beecroft, 1877, Huddersfield (Died 1877 Age 0)
  • Ethel Florence Beecroft, 1878, Huddersfield
  • Albert Henry Beecroft, 1881, Huddersfield
  • Stella Beecroft, 1884, Huddersfield
  • Tom Beecroft, 1888, Huddersfield


  • 1881: Albert is living with his parent at New Hey Road, Huddersfiled, Yorkshire.
  • 1891: Albert is living with his parents at 72 Westbourne Road, Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
  • 1901: Albert is living with his parents at 41 Westbourne Road, Huddersfield, Yorkshire. The census gives him an age of 20 and he is listed as a clerk.
  • 1911:Albert is living with his wife Harriett at 16 Buckingham Street, Moss Side, Manchester, Lancashire. The census gives him an age of 30 and he is listed as a commercial traveller.
Relatives in services
  • None found


  • Name: Harriett Anne Noble
  • Date of birth: 6th March 1879
  • Place of Birth: Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England


  • Date of Marriage: 29th November 1905
  • Place of Marriage: Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Wife’s parents

  • Father: George William Noble
  • Mother: Alice Cunnington

Newspaper Mentions

  • The Times Thursday 14th September 1916
    Beecroft, 31312, A. H.


  • Manchester Evening News Saturday 16th June 1917
    The following local names are contained in this morning’s official list of casualties:
    KILLED (Previously Missing)
    MANCHESTERS. Corpl. A. BEECROFT (31312), Moss Side


  • The Times Tuesday 26th June 1917
    MANCH. R. Beecroft, 31312 Act. Cpl. A. (Moss Side)


  • Manchester Evening News Monday 4th September 1916
    The relatives of the following soldiers who are reported missing, would be glad to receive news concerning them:
    Corporal A. BEECROFT (31312), Manchester Regiment, since July 30.  Wife: 16, Buckingham Street, Moss Side, Manchester.


    Military Records

    Attestation Papers

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    Soldier’s Died In The Great War

    • These records show that A Corporal Albert Henry Beecroft, 31312 , 18th Bn Manchester Regiment was killed in action on 30th July 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

    Pension Records

    • Available

    Effects Left To

    • Widow Harriett


    • The British Medal
      The Victory Medal


    • UK:
    • Bourne, Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


      • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
      • In memory of Corporal Albert Henry Beecroft, 31312, 18th Bn., Manchester Regiment who died on 30 July 1916
      • Remembered with honour, Thiepval Memorial

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