As in the previous blog, this one is about a member of the Bealey family, Adam Crompton Bealey Jr. who was the youngest brother of Herbert Bealey, the last member of the family to be involved in the family business.
Adam Crompton Bealey was born on 24 August 1873 and named after his father, the owner of Bealey’s bleach and chemical works in Radcliffe. He was educated from the age of 14 at the Leys School in Cambridgeshire where it is reported that he was a gifted musician, and then went up to Trinity College, Cambridge.
Adam joined the XXth Lancashire Fusiliers as a Lieutenant 3rd Vol Company 2nd Batallion and fought in the Second Anglo Boer War, 1899-1902. Many of these British soldiers were physically unprepared for the environment and poorly trained for the tactical conditions they faced. As a result, British losses were high due to both disease and combat but Adam survived.
He joined his father and brother Herbert for a brief time in the company bleaching and chemical business at Radcliffe but he doesn’t seem to have stayed there for very long. Evidence which we have in the archive papers in the form of a declaration from Adam Crompton Bealey Junior, says that he “received from A.C. Bealey and Sons, the sum of £825.16.11 as payment for the discharge of his share of the capital of the firm and interest thereon to 30 September 1906, being the day he retired from the firm.”
Retiring to Somerset, Adam married Jessie Galbrath on 25 September 1907, a few months after his father’s tragic death in April of that year. His daughter Mary was born on 31 July 1908.
When war broke out in 1914, Adam joined the Somerset Light Infantry 2nd/4th Battalion where he served with distinction in the Middle East, reaching the rank of Staff Captain.
On 22 November 1917, at the age of 44, Adam died of wounds he received in action at Kut-el-Enab which is about 5 miles west of Jerusalem. He is buried in the Jerusalem War Cemetery in Israel, grave number P.10. I found a photograph of his grave on an excellent website called The War Graves Photographic Project http://twgpp.org/index.php. There is also a photograph of the grave of Frederick Arthur Harold Bealey, who I blogged about yesterday.
Although the bodies of the fallen were not brought back home, many were commemorated on family graves and an inscription for Adam can be found on the family vault in the Prestwich Parish Church graveyard.