21 October 1916 L/Cpl William Beck was killed in action on this day

Lance Corporal William Beck 8th Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment.

Born in Haggerston, East London, on 11 February 1893, his family moved to Walthamstow and he attended Blackhorse Road Boys’ School from 1902-1907. He worked as a metal polisher.

William enlisted as a private at the start of the war in the 8th Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment and during two years of service he achieved promotion to Lance Corporal.

On 21 October 1916 he was reported missing in action, probably in the region of the Schwaben Redoubt near Thiepval. He was 23.

His older brother of George had died on 11 November 1914. Like his brother, William has no grave.

William Beck is commemorated on The France (1914-1918) Memorial, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission register, and should be commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial however his name has not yet been added.

On 3 July 2016, a wooden cross was laid at Thiepval in his honour.

Research by Malcolm J Doolin

Reference “The Boys of Blackhorse Road. The Story of an Elementary School War Memorial”.