Walter Daniel Beatwell
|4643 Pte. W. Beatwell, 18th Hussars.
Queens’ South Africa Medal clasps Talana, Transvaal, South Africa 1901.
Taken prisoner Sandspruit 29 June 1900 & wounded in action Middelburg 9
February 1900 and Witpoort 14 October 1900.
Wit 22 photocopy pages of service documents and pension invalidity papers,
including death certificate, and photocopies of two pages from the medal roll.
Walter Daniel Beatwell enlisted with number 4007 into the East Lancashire
Regiment at Warley 2 March 1893 aged 19. Born Romford. Occupation labourer. A
court of enquiry at Gibraltar 20 November 1893 investigated the circumstances of
a wrist injury sustained during drill. Transferred to 18th Hussars 31 March 1898.
Between 1896 and 1899 had two entries in the defaulter book. Although not shown as
wounded in the casualty lists his papers state he received a bullet wound in the right
upper arm while scouting at Middelburg and the regimental history states he was also
wounded on a march near Witpoort. Discharged medically unfit for further service
at Netley 23 July 1901. Conduct very good. A medical report dated 13 June 1902
stated he had a loss of extension in his arm and extension and power in his arm and
forefinger. His disability was considered permanent and to prevent him earning a
livelihood by 75%.
Died of myocardial degeneration at Maldon 31 July 1961. Served in ‘A’ Squadron.
Also entitled to India General Service Medal with clasp Relief of Chitral for
service with the East Lancashire Regiment.