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Walton Street Methodist Chapel: Frederick Joseph BEALE (1886–1916)

Frederick Joseph Beale was born in Oxford in 1886. He was the son of Frederick George Beale (born in Oxford in 1859 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 11 September) and his first wife Sarah Fanny Painton, known as Fanny (born in Tubney, Berkshire in c.1865). His parents were married at St Paul's Church, Oxford on 28 February 1886 and had the following children:

  • Frederick Joseph Beale (born at 37 Jericho Street, Oxford on 22 November 1886 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 2 January 1887)
  • Florence Kate Beale (born at 37 Jericho Street, Oxford in ??? and baptised at St Paul's Church on 26 December 1887)
  • Alice May Beale (born at Jericho Street in January 1889, died aged five weeks, buried on 2 March 1889)
  • Nellie Elizabeth Beale, sometimes known as Ellen (born at 37 Jericho Street, Oxford on 18 April 1890 and baptised at St Paul's Church as Nelly Elizabeth on 16 May)
  • Percival John Beale, known as Jack (born at 37 Jericho Street, Oxford on 26 March 1892 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 8 April)
  • Daisy Emily Isabelle Beale (born at 33 Jericho Street, Oxford on 22 December 1893 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 12 January 1894)
  • Rose Alice Beale (born at 33 Jericho Street, Oxford on 6 February 1896 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 30 March))
  • Joseph William Beale, known as William (born at 33 Jericho Street on 18 February 1899 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 10 March).

At the time of the 1891 census Frederick (4) was living at 37 Jericho Street with his father Frederick (32), who was a printer's labourer, his mother Fanny (29), and his younger sister Nelly (1).

By 1893 the family had moved to 33 Jericho Street. At the time of the 1901 census Frederick (14) was living there with his father Frederick (40), who was a general labourer, his mother Fanny (36) and his younger siblings Ellen (10), Jack (9), Daisy (7), Rose (5), and William (2).

Frederick's mother Sarah Fanny Beale died at Jericho Street at the age of 38 in 1901 and was buried on 5 June (recorded in St Paul's parish register).

On 19 April 1903 at St Paul's Church, Oxford, Frederick's father Frederick George Beale (45), described as a labourer of 33 Jericho Street, married his second wife Sarah Kate Nash (25), known as Kate, of 2 Jericho Gardens (born in Oxford in 1882, the daughter of the bootmaker Joseph Nash) and they had the following children:

  • Gladys Lydia Beale (born at 2 Jericho Gardens, Oxford on 13 July 1903 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 2 August)
  • George Lewis Beale (born in Oxford on 2 January 1905 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 19 March);
    died aged nine months and buried on 26 August 1905, with death registered as George Louis Beale
  • Kenneth Ronald Beale (born at 33 Jericho Street, Oxford on 23 October 1906 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 18 November)
  • Ethel Kate Beale (born at 33 Jericho Street, Oxford on 27 October 1908 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 15 November)
  • Florence May Beale (born at 2 Jericho Street, Oxford on 17 October 1910 and baptised at Walton Street Methodist Chapel on 2 November
  • Annie Kate Beale (born in Oxford on 29 September 1913 and baptised at Walton Street Methodist Chapel on 2 November)
  • Amy Jessie Beale (born at 16 Jericho Street, Oxford on 20 March 1917 and baptised at Walton Street Methodist Chapel on 27 May)
  • Victor James Beale (born at 16 Jericho Street, Oxford on 18 April 1921 and baptised at Walton Street Methodist Chapel on 15 May)
  • Dennis George Beale (born in Oxford in 1925).

Their address is variously given as 2 Jericho Gardens, 2 Jericho Street, and 33 Jericho Street in the baptismal register. At some point between 1908 and 1910 the family transferred their allegiance from St Paul's Church to Walton Street Methodist Chapel.

At the time of the 1911 census Frederick (24) was a brewer's labourer, living at 2 Jericho Street with his father Frederick (51) who was working as a labourer at the Printing Office, his stepmother Kate (32), and his siblings Percy (19), who was a butcher, and his sisters Daisy (17) and Rose (15) who were doing domestic work. Also living with them were his four surviving half-siblings from the second marriage.

♥ On 5 June 1911 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford Frederick Joseph Beale (24), described as a carter of 2 Jericho Street, married Alice Frances Bull (30) of 13A Gloucester Street, the daughter of the late George Robert Bull. They appear to have moved to Stapleford in Nottinghamshire.

Poppy Frederick Joseph Beale volunteered in the First World War and served as a Private in the 11th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers (Service No. 15794). He died in France at the age of 29 on 9 February 1916. His photograph appeared in the Oxford Journal Illustrated of 8 March 1916, and he was described as being “late of Oxford”.

He was buried in the Brewery Orchard Cemetery at Bois-Grenier (III.F.3).

As well as being remembered by Walton Street Methodist Chapel, he is listed on the St Helen's Church war memorial in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire.

After the war

In the early 1920s Frederick's widow Alice Fanny Beale was living in Lincolnshire at Water Lane, Castle Bytham, Grantham

Frederick's father Frederick George Beale was living at 16 Jericho Street in Oxford in the early 1920s, and was still there in 1930. He died in Oxford at the age of 73 near the beginning of 1933.


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