Private James Ernest Beaney

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6 Battalion, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment

Private Beaney died, aged 23, on 8 August 1916 at the Somme, Western Front.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Beaney, of 13, Ruvigny Gardens, Putney, London.

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    • 16/Mar/2014 17:45:02

    James was born in 1893 in Wandsworth. He was a plumber and decorator before the war. According to the medal roll he was "formerly in the army cyclist corp". The medal card does also give his date of death as 8/8/1915 not 1916 but i think this is an error as i have found a few references to his date of death and they all say it is 1916.

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    • 18/Mar/2014 01:41:46

    James was born 16th April 1893 in Battersea, St Mary, Wandsworth, (London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906). His father was Ernest and his mother was Maria. In 1901 they were living at 78 Abercrombie Street, Battersea ( house still exists) with his paternal grandparents James and Margaret Beaney. By 1911 the family were living at 13 Ruvigny Gardens (still exists) and James was 18. He had a brother Richard who was 7, and two sisters, Ivy 14 and Constance 9. 'Soldiers died' have him as G/15463 Queens Own Royal West Surrey Regiment, formerly 2857 East Surrey Regt (but medal index has him as 2857 Army Cyclist Corps). He enlisted at Kingston-on Thames, Surrey. He went to France 31st May 1915.

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    • 05/Aug/2014 15:51:13

    He is wearing an East Surrey Regiment cap badge and Kingston was the Depot for the East Surreys

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    • 15/Nov/2014 15:07:19

    Private James Ernest Beaney is my long lost Great Uncle..Anthony Watson, Gosport, Hampshire.

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    • 24/Jul/2015 11:11:52

    its come to light that James was born on the 9th February 1893 and the Baptism service was held at St Marys church, Battersea, London and is dated 16th April 1893...Evidence is on the "IWM Lives of the First World War" site.

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    • 01/Feb/2017 14:05:58

    Lives of the First World War life story -

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    • 01/Feb/2017 14:07:30

    This was also the picture used to create 'The People's Picture' - see news story at and teh zoomable version at

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    • 01/Feb/2017 14:09:54

    There are also letters in the IWM collections concerning this photograph, from James's father -