Private S/643 "D" Company 2nd Battalion, The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment
Arthur Beeton was the son of John Henry and Dorcas Elizabeth Beeton.
By 1911 John Henry Beeton lived at 4 Norfolk Villas (later 230 Shawfield Road), on the corner of what became Beetonís Avenue. John Henry Beetonís death was reported in the Surrey Advertiser of 5 November 1915, and in the Surrey and Hants News. He came from Norfolk, and he had been a constable in the Metropolitan Police and run a sub-post office in the west end of Aldershot before retiring to Ash. John Henry Beeton had four sons, all of whom had served in the South African Campaign. His eldest son had died in 1912, and two of his sons were serving in the army when he died. John Beeton had been Chairman of Ash Parish Council in January 1915, when the Aldershot News reported that his son FG Beeton, recently promoted to Lieutenant and Quartermaster, came home for a few days leave after 4 months at the front since the outbreak of War. Frederick George Beeton was at his fatherís funeral, and he subscribed 1 guinea to the Ash War Memorial fund.
Arthur Beeton was born in Aldershot in 1881. His medals card records that he was awarded the 1914/15 Star, and that he had gone to France on 1 June 1915. Soldiers Died records that he enlisted at Guildford and lived in Bordon.
The form completed for the Ash War Memorial committee tells us that Arthur Beeton had joined up about 5 August 1914. He had been wounded at Festubert, and was last seen wounded in two places making his way back to British lines. He had never been heard of since.
Private 2374 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment
James Mansfield, born in Ash 14 June 1894, was baptised at St Peterís Church 26 June 1898, and his parents were Edward and Louisa.
The censuses record that in 1901 the family lived in Low Cottage in Church Path. Edward Mansfield was a labourer in the RE Yard, Mrs Mansfield is not listed, and the children were Edward 12, John 10, Amelia 8, James 6 and Victoria 3. In 1911 the family lived at 1 Acorn Villas, College Road, and James was a general labourer.
Soldiers Died records that he enlisted at Aldershot and that he resided in London.
Jamesís medals card records that he was awarded the 1914 Star and clasp, qualifying date 15 August 1914.