Harold Beech was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, he was the son of Joseph and Rose Beech and in 1901 the family were living at No. 68 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton. Harold was the second child, having one elder sister, Lilian, and one younger brother, Bernard. On the 1901 census Joseph is stated to be a Hardware Shopkeeper.
On the 1911 census the family are living at No. 1 Merridale Street, Wolverhampton, the house is stated to have 11 rooms and Joseph is a General Hardware Dealer. Rose, his wife, is now a Wardrobe Dealer. The family has been increased to include a further two children, Marion and Kathleen. Harold was a Boot Maker, employed at Craddock Brothers, and Lilian was assisting in Business.
Harold enlisted in the army on 23 November 1912 in Wolverhampton, into the 2nd Royal Scots Guards. He had previously been in the Territorial Army in Wolverhampton, and he was sent for training to Glencorse Barracks in Scotland. On 10 August 1914 Harold then departed for France. No details of his service remain, but he was killed on 28 January 1915 in action near Kimmel. His death was reported in the Express and Star on 8 February that year.
Harold’s Sergeant Major said that he was always ready to do his duty for his country and had been involved in several engagements, one of which unfortunately resulted in his death. He was 20 years old. A simple cross marks his grave, and he is inscribed on the Wolverhampton Roll of Honour.
Harold was awarded the Victory Medal, the British Medal and the 14 star.