Robert Beare was born in Derby, the son of John and Sarah Beare of Mickleover, Derby, and was married to Ethel Jane Beare of 63 Grange Road, Dudley. He enlisted in the Worcesters and was sent to the 2nd Battalion in1917 or as late as 1918. The Worcesters fought in 1917 in the Battle of Arras and in the Third Battle of Ypres. In 1918 they suffered in the second German Spring offensive on the Lys. Then they had a major role in the Advance to Victory. From August to September they forced the enemy back across the old Somme battlefield towards the Hindenburg Line and then helped to storm the Line on the 29th September. The cost was not high but among those killed on that heroic day was Lance Corporal Robert Beare. He was 41 years of age and is buried in Pigeon Ravine Cemetery (II B 2) and commemorated on the Dudley and St. James church, Dudley, Memorials. He is also commemorated in the church by a marble tablet with the dedication: Sacred to the memory of L CPL ROBERT VINCENT BEARE 2nd Worcestershire Regiment Killed in action, France, Sept. 29th 1918 age 41 years Interred Pigeon Ravine British Cemetery Epehy Our Glorious Dead This tablet was erected by his Loving wife and son.
Town Hall, Priory Street, Dudley
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