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Stoker Albert Beaver, the son of William Beaver and his wife of Oakham, was just a month over 17 years of age when he joined the 5th Leicestershire Regiment (Territorial Force) on the 15 May 1908. On 19 January 1911, he joined the Royal Navy, being rated as Stoker, Second Class, on HMS Victory. He later served on Renown, Essex and Neptune, where, on 7 March 1912, he was rated as Stoker, First Class. He returned to HMS Victory and also served on HMS Terrible and was on HMS Dolphin when war broke out. After another spell on HMS Victory, he was transferred to HMS Alert, and on 4 September 1915, sailed with the Mediterranean Fleet for Salonica. On the 31 October 1915, he died from typhoid and was intially buried at Makina Masul Old Cemetery. He is now buried at Basra War Cemetery, grave V.F.18. Albert held the 1st Good Conduct Badge granted on 18 January 1914, and always got marks for superior ability in his duties. He is on the war memorial in the grounds of All Saints' Church in Oakham. Albert's uncle, also called Albert Beaver, was killed in Iraq and is remembered on the Basra Memorial.

The photograph below shows Albert, front row left, at camp with other Oakham Territorials around 1908. Picture kindly supplied by Janet Banks.

Rutland and the Great War wrongly names Albert's last ship as HMS Albert instead of HMS Alert.

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  • Albert Beaver, front row left, with other Oakham Territorials at camp around 1908
  • Oakham Memorial
  • Oakham Memorial A-D
  • RATGW dedication
  • Basra Memorial

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Having conducted my family history, I can confirm that stoker Albert Beaver (RN) was a distant relation of mine, and was distantly related to ALL of the other Beaver fallen on this site. His uncle, also Albert Beaver, was also killed in action in Mesopotamia in 1916.
By Derbyshirelad on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 3:18pm
Albert Beaver, Stoker 1st class, is recorded as passing away at Basra Garrison Hospital from Enteric Fever in the logbook of his ship, HMS Alert. The ship was stationed at Abadan, Iran as a depot ship from 9 October 1915. The logbook page recording his death is attached, which is also available at
By Danny252 on Saturday 12th September '15 at 11:12am

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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