William (Billy) attested on 17th October 1914 in Bolton with the Loyal North Lancashire Territorial force (2901). Billy was born in the first quarter of 1897. When he signed on his “apparent” age is shown as 19 years, 2 months, but he would actually have been a few months short of his 18th birthday. He was 5’ 7” tall with good vision and good physical development. The photograph was taken during his initial training in Blackpool and shows no cap badge or insignia of any kind. He eventually goes into the 2/4th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
William Henry (Billy) Beckett
Service Number: 241007
Date of Birth: 1897
Date of Death: 1917
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