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Died: 19 July 1918
Address: 34 Barrett Street, Shipley
Occupation: Driver, fish and fruit merchant
Rank: Sgt
Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s. Shipley; Ploegsteert Memorial
Regiment: Durham Light Infantry
William Beecroft
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It is said that the courageous manner in which Sgt William Beecroft, Durham Light Infantry, of 34 Barrett Street, Shipley, met his death in action on 19th July, was an inspiration to all the troops who saw him fall. In civilian life he was a driver for a fish and fruit merchant at Manningham Lane and joining up on 28th June 1916, he went to the front in the following November. He attended the Shipley Parish Church. His wife has received two letters relating the circumstances of his death. In one, the lieut-colonel describes the deceased as a very gallant soldier who was killed during an attack. He was wounded in the body and then shot through the head. “He was a most excellent and smart sergeant,” the letter runs, “and he died fighting bravely and doing his level best.” The officer in command of the deceased’s company wrote: “He was always one of the most cheerful of the N.C.O.s. He was killed while leading his men in an attack upon the enemy’s trenches and he fell facing the enemy – an inspiration to all who saw his coolness and courage. “He gave his life for his friends and, in the eyes of God, no man can do more.” Shipley Times & Express 9 August 1918
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