George Harold Beadles
Regiment: 7th Battalion RWF
One of seven children, Beadles was born in Llanllwchaiarn on the outskirts of Newtown, Powys to Thomas, a quarryman and Sarah Ann Beadles. His father was a quarryman, often working away from home for long periods of time on developments such as the Elan Dam in Mid-Wales. George mostly known as "Harry" was educated at a local Board School, as his mother was keen her children should be educated, due to a lack of employment in the area. As a child he attended a school but left at the age of twelve to help support the family working as an office boy in the RWW printing office. His brother Albert also worked at the same warehouse but was killed after being hit by one of the carts used there. Harry played the cornet for the Newtown Silver Band in his youth, whilst also keenly playing local amateur football.
In 1914 Beadles, then 16 and underage, along with his two older brothers Ewart and Ernie, enlisted in the 7th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers (TF). While his battalion was stationed in Britain Beadles was a bugle boy, but in 1915 the 7th RWF was sent to Gallipoli and Beadles served in the front line. During this time he was awarded the Serbian Gold Medal for Gallantry for saving the life of a Serbian observer officer who had been wounded in No Man’s Land while under heavy artillery fire. Beadles helped the officer back, having his cap and epaulettes shot off in the process, but remained unharmed. His granddaughter, Marion now has this medal. He was also awarded the British War & Victory medals.
In December 1915 the Allied forces were evacuated from Gallipoli. As a result of the extreme cold, he was suffering from frostbite and Beadles was found floating unconscious in the sea and was sent to Malta to recuperate. After recovering he rejoined his battalion in Palestine and took part in all three Battles for Gaza and the eventual push that took Jerusalem under Edmund Allenby. (During the second battle of Gaza his brother Ewart was awarded the MM)
7/RWF remained in Palestine until 1919 and it was then that he met another talented footballer George Latham and the pair became lifelong friends. 7/RWF won the British Forces (Egypt) Football League Cup Final in 1919.
Returning to Newtown after demobilisation, Beadles played for his home town club from 1919 until 1920, he then moved to Merseyside to play for an amateur side called Grayston’s of Garston, which represented a local shipping company. Although officially employed by the firm it appears that Grayston’s were more interested in Harry’s footballing skills! In 1921 he signed for the mighty Liverpool Football Club scoring six goals in eleven games when Liverpool won the League for the first time in sixteen years. Liverpool were very strong winning the title again the following season.
In 1924 Beadles joined his old chum and mentor from the RWF George Latham who was coach at Cardiff City. While playing for Cardiff Harry won two Caps for Wales playing in consecutive matches on 14 and 28 February 1925 against Scotland and England. He was part of the team that lost the FA Cup Final 1-0 to Sheffield United in 1925. After a brief spell at Sheffield Wednesday he signed for Southport in 1926. Beadles was captain and top scorer in each of his three seasons scoring sixty-six goals in 102 appearances. Injury curtailed his playing career but he spent a short time coaching in Ireland with Dundalk FC before retiring from football.
Back in Merseyside he spent a short time as a prison officer in Walton Jail. From 1939 he was a hotelier at the Hillside in Huyton and in the late ‘40s he ran a pub called The Cannon near Anfield. After a long illness he died on 29 August 1958 aged 60.
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