Forrest Beauchamp (1883-1918)

Photo of Forrest Beauchamp – Forrest Beauchamp and his mother (circa June 1916) taken at Foxleigh, Saskatchewan. Copyright/source:

Photo of Forrest Beauchamp and his mother (circa June 1916) taken at Foxleigh, Saskatchewan. Copyright/source:

Forrest Miles Beauchamp was born on 19th October 1883 in Cotham, Gloucestershire, the eldest son of Frederick William Beauchamp and his wife, Minnie Blanche (née Dixon). Forrest had three brothers (Frederick Gordon, Arthur Kenneth and Penrith Sutton Beauchamp) and three sisters (Gladys Eveline, Dorothy Margaret and Grace Winifred Beauchamp).

In his youth Forrest lived with his family in Keynsham, Somerset, but later moved to Worcester. Between 1885 and 1900 he worked as a clerk for the Great Western Railway Company. By 1901 he and his family were living in Malvern Link, but around 1906 he moved to Regina (Manitoba), where he worked as a farmer.

In June 1916, two years after the outbreak of war, Forrest enlisted as a private in the Canadian infantry, with the serial number 255173, 46th Battalion. A year later, news reached him that his younger brother, Penrith, had been killed in action in Mesopotamia.

He was stationed in Dury, France, where he was shot and killed by enemy fire immediately after reaching the Battalion’s objective. He was 35 years old. His remains were buried in the Dury Crucifix British Cemetery.


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5 Responses to Forrest Beauchamp (1883-1918)

  1. Bob Lemon says:

    Who posted this? If you have any further information about this man, please contact me. He had close connections to my family. I have been trying to find out more about him.

    • Dawsr says:

      Hi Bob, thanks for dropping by! I did the research and wrote the post about Forrest Beauchamp and his brother (to be posted soon). My sources are mainly and the other links listed at the end of my article.

  2. Bob Lemon says:

    Further to my earlier post, I doubt that the picture was taken at Foxleigh in Saskatchewan, Canada. Forrest did not join the army until 1916 (he was rejected earlier because of poor eyesight) so would not have been in uniform before that date. His “Form of Will” made out at the time he enlisted shows his mother as resident at “The Cottage, Coldwall, Nr. Malvern, England”. It is highly unlikely that she would have crossed the Atlantic in 1916. Also note her mobility problem. It is much more likely the picture was taken in Malvern before his departure to the front, where he was killed.

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