The 1901 census of
reveals George living with his family at Shalford Cottage, Wales . The household comprised: Henry Beal (head,
aged 49 and working as a carter on a farm), his wife Annie (aged 47) and their
seven children. The children are
recorded as: Harry (aged 19, an agricultural labourer), George (aged 16, a
carter boy on a farm), Caroline (aged 14), Charles (aged 12), Alfred (aged 10),
Emily (aged eight) and Edith (aged four). Hurstpierpoint, Sussex
In February 1916, Chailey Parish Magazine notes that G Beal’s rank is ‘Driver’ and that he is still in
. The National Archives lists his number as
223381. George Beal does not appear to
have volunteered for active service and neither does he appear in the lists of
attested men published by the parish magazine.
It therefore would appear that he was conscripted into the army around
January 1916. England
George Beal appears to have served throughout the war, his details appearing continuously in Chailey’s Parish Magazine up to and including the final published roll call in July 1919.