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Robert William Beedie
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) :Robert William Beedie
Date and place of birth: 20th September 1859 Montrose, Forfarshire
Date and Place of Death:Buried 30th March 1935, Harrow
Died Gordon St, Harrow
Childhood: Eldest of at least 5
Parents: Robert and Isabelle nee Smith
Parents occupations: Linen weaver
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: House painter/night watchman/ Gunner ( RGA)
Place of residence at Gretna:Not known but likely to be a hostel
Marital status: Married
Children: Possibly 4
Travels: With RGA – Canada, Bengal, Ireland
Positions held: Corporal in RGA
Trivia / any other information: Yes
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Robert W Beedie 1859-1935
Robert Beedie/Beadie/Beadle was born on 20th September 1859 in Montrose, Forfarshire to Robert and Isabella nee Smith.
In 1861 his father was a broadloom weaver and they lived at 12 Carnegie St, Montrose.
By 1871 they lived at 25 North St, Montrose and father is described as a linen weaver. Robert is the eldest of 5 children. B/B/B/B/G
In 1881 Robert is listed as a gunner in the Royal artillery based at Dover Castle along with his brother Thomas.
Service record shows that he was in Bengal 1894, Cornwall 1896.
On 26th October 1887 he married Annie Glass at Shoeburyness, Essex.
1899 – Nova Scotia according to service record
By 1901 Robert is a “pensioner army RGA corporal” living at 49 Milton Rd, Walthamstow.
1903 – service record lists Middlesex.
1911- living at ‘Walfruna’, Belmont Rd, Wealdstone Middlesex . A house painter at Kodak Works , army pensioner. Living in 5 room house having had 6 children with 4 surviving.
1914 attested to territorial reserves for one year short service. His occupation described as night watchman. Described as having tattoo at base of left thumb. Was at No4 depot Woolwich. Continued to re attest annually.
1915 – “ stole liquor from canteen during prohibited hours “ – “ severely reprimanded”
10th May 1916 – “ drunk on duty” – “ severely reprimanded” – at Forth Carlisle , Ireland
16th May 1916 awaiting sentence to be reduced to the ranks from corporal – tried and given address is Gorden Avenue , harrow, Middlesex.
1916-1919 – probably at Gretna – 1921 census describes him as an ex or retired Gretna worker. Would have lived there as his home address was Middlesex.
1921- living at Wembley, harrow Weald, Middlesex. Robert, Annie, Ellen J and 3 others at Gordon Avenue.
1928 – listed on Electoral register at 1, Gordon Avenue with his son.
Date of death is unknown but he was buried on 30th March 1935 at All Saint’s , Harrow aged 76.