Known information

Sapper Thomas Beaver worked as a blacksmith before joining the Royal Engineers on 6 January 1915. He and his twin brother Harry were born in Lowersby in Leicestershire, the sons of Jane and Elizabeth Beaver. Thomas married his wife Mary in Wing on 14 March 1910 and the couple moved to Gas Street in Oakham. They had three children, Beatrice, Meta and Thomas Jnr. Beatrice was 6 when her father died, Thomas Jnr just 2. Thomas went out to France on 28 September 1915 and  took part in the Battle of the Somme the following year, serving with 130th Field Company. The war diary does not give exact details as to where he was injured, but it is assumed that it was in the Aveluy area on the Somme on the 10th October, when more than 20 officers and men were wounded in fighting.  Thomas died on 29 October 1916, at Etaples, where many of those injured on the Somme were taken to be treated for wounds in one of the numerous hospitals in the area. He was buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, grave VIII.E.13, and is remembered on the war memorial in Oakham. 

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  • Oakham Church
  • Oakham memorial
  • Oakham Cemetery A-D
  • Etaple Military Cemetery JS9
  • Etaple Military Cemetery JS1
  • T Beaver JS5
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  • T Beaver 1
  • T Beaver JS1
  • T Beaver JS2
  • T Beaver JS3

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Having conducted my family history, I can confirm that Private Thomas Beaver (66014) was a distant relative of mine, and was distantly related to ALL of the other Beaver fallen on this site. His eldest sister, Mary Ann Beaver ("Polly") was married to Kenus Emblin Wright, and they were the parents of Annie Bella Wright, who was found with a gunshot wound to her head near Little Stretton, Leicestershire, on July 5, 1919, in what became known as "The Green Bicycle Mystery", purportedly one of the most famous unsolved murders of the 20th century.
By Derbyshirelad on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 3:14pm
Sapper Thomas beaver was the father of my grandmother beatrice
By babs on Friday 1st July '16 at 7:18am
Spring Thomas beaver was the father of my grand mother beatrice.
By babs on Friday 1st July '16 at 7:24am
A picture of Mr Beaver's headstone
By John Stokes on Tuesday 20th September '16 at 5:00am
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
Sapper Thomas Beaver was my great grandfather,we did not get a chance to meet you.Beatrice May was my grandmother but she liked to be known as May,my mother was her eldest child Pauline.i am one of seven my brother Richard died at 3 months so there are still 6 of us living in Wales cos thats is where we were all born.i known you cannt read this but just in case.this is a brief history.Babs above is my youngest sister .All our love is sent to you and thank you for your sacrefice sorry about the spelling
By sue on Thursday 15th November '18 at 11:59am

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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