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Henry only had a fleeting link with Wolverhampton, having been born in Thetford in 1895. The son of Henry Thomas and Louisa Mary Beeton, it was not until 1911 that he appeared in Wolverhampton, at Mill Cottages, Pendeford, with his parents and sister Marjorie. By this date, the 16-year-old Henry was a carter at a Corporation Sewage Farm.

At Wolverhampton, he enlisted as a Signaller in the 9th Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment. He first served in France from 30 August 1915 (although he is listed on the Medal Rolls Index Cards as “Harry”). He was killed in action on 15 September 1916. On the Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, as well as his mother and sister, another legatee is mentioned, a Miss Winifred Richardson. Henry is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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