- The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
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| For most conspicuous bravery and
determined leading at St. Leger on the 21st and 22nd March 1918, when in
command of a company detailed to occupy a certain section of a trench.
When the company was established it was found that a considerable gap of
about four hundred yards existed between the left flank of the company and
the neighbouring unit, and that this gap was strongly held by the enemy.
It was of vital importance that this gap should be cleared, but no
troops were then available. Organising a small party of less than
a dozen men, he led them against the enemy. On reaching an enemy
machine gun Second Lieut. Beal immediately sprang forward and with his revolver
killed the team and captured the gun. Continuing along the trench,
he encountered and dealt with another machine gun in the same manner, and
in all captured four enemy guns and inflicted severe casualties.
Later in the evening, when a wounded man had been left in the open under
heavy enemy fire, he, regardless of danger, walked up close to an enemy
machine gun and brought in the wounded man on his back. Second Lieut.
Beal was killed by a shell on the following morning.
Ernest Frederick BeaI was the eldest son of John James William Beal,
55 East Street, Brighton, Sussex born on 27th January 1883. He
was an active member of the Boy's Brigade. After Brighton Grammar
School he worked in his father's stationery shop and lived with his family
at 148 Lewes Road, Brighton.
Information on the medal holders on this page, and other pages relating to the regiment's WW1 VC holders, is taken from "Beyond Their Duty" by Roger Chapman. This book was specialy written to commemorate the only occasion on which all 18 Victoria Crosses won by members of the Green Howards regiment were together (April to October 2001, in the Green Howards Museum). The book may be purchased from the Green Howards Museum Shop.