Born: 13th July 1891 in Stoke Newington, Middlesex, but not baptised until 1st April 1906 in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
Family: He was the eldest of 3 children born to James Charles Beesley and his wife Sophia Honor (nee Runnicus). His father died in 1900 when Horace was 9. Horace married his first wife, Madeleine Apion, Quarter 4 1916 in Lewisham London. They had a daughter, Jean, who was born and died Quarter 4 1917 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Madeleine died Quarter 1 1920 in Rochford, Essex. Horace married Josephine Rose Quarter 4 1922 in Kensington, London and together they had 2 children – Judith, born in 1923 and Symon Richard, born in 1927.
Residence: In 1901 he was living at Wheathampstead Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire but by 1911 the family had moved to Tennyson Avenue in the same town. On the Absent Voters List for Whitchurch Shropshire, Spring 1919, his address was given as Holly Lodge, Salisbury Avenue. There is no Salisbury Avenue in Whitchurch, but there is a Salisbury Road. However, when he applied for his medals in 1923 the address given was Cheapside, London E.C.2. At the time of his death in 1961 he was living at 14 Mays Hill Road, Shortlands, Kent.
Employment: On the 1911 Census his occupation was a silk mercer.
Died: 7 January 1961, aged 69.
Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Rank: Lieutenant, rising to the rank of Captain by 1918
Date of Enlistment: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known
Reason for Discharge: Not known.