Research: Frederick Beacock

My 2x great grandfather Frederick Beacock was born in about the July of 1875 in Hull, East Yorkshire. He was baptised on 15th August 1875 at the Holy Trinity Church in Hull.

He was one of 13 known children; Thomas William (1869-1939), Sarah Francis (1871-1936), Henry Handson (1873-1958), Martin (1874-1875), Frederick (1875-1932), Julia Ann (1878-1966), Caroline (1880-1965), Gertrude (1883-?), Daniel (1885-1931), George Arthur (1887-1916), Martha Jane (1888-1888), Charles (1889-1890) and Hannah (1890-1890). The photos below show Henry Handson Beacock, one of the sisters, and Daniel Beacock.

In 1891 at the age of 16, Frederick was a butcher. He was probably taught by his father Thomas Beacock, as he once was also a butcher. Frederick may have wanted to attempt butchery due to his father’s past occupation.

On 5th August 1895, Frederick married Florence Avis Smith in Newington, Hull. His occupation at this time was a Rullyman, which would have involved delivering goods. Today he would be referred to as a lorry/truck driver. At this time his father Thomas Beacock does not seem to have an occupation.  At the time of their marriage, Florence’s place of residence was 23 Witty Street, Hull and Frederick’s was 3 Brunswick Avenue, Liverpool Street, Hull.zoom_Frederick Beacock and Florence Avis Smith Marriage

In 1911 Frederick was a Labourer at an Oil Refinery. This would have involved working with organic oil, rather than motor oil.

The photo currently belongs to my uncle but has obviously been passed down from my grandfather and his father. I believe that it is a photo of Frederick, as he looks very much like the photo of Daniel Beacock, and has a strong resemblance to the Beacock’s in general. It also would have been taken in Fred’s era, although I cannot 100% prove that it is him, as there is nothing written on the back of the photo. Such a shame!

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Possibly Frederick Beacock.

From the information provided by the Electoral Registers from 1926 to 1931, it seems that there were two residences. Fred and Florence were living at 70 North Street in 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. Then in 1931, the couple were recorded as living at 3 Clowes Mansions (or Buildings) on New George Street, Hull.

On 24th November 1932, Frederick was found leant over his gas stove, dead, by his wife Florence Avis Beacock (nee Smith). There were two newspaper articles about the death of Frederick in the Hull Daily Mail. The article that was published on 26th November 1932 discussed the story in more detail. The coroner came to the conclusion that Frederick committed suicide.

Frederick Beacock and Florence Avis Beacock Hull Daily Mail 26 November 1932.jpg

According to a family story, Florence had told Frederick something along the lines of “I’ll give you a shilling if you go and put your head in the oven”. My father’s cousin told me this story which had been told to his father by my great-grandmother Lily Beacock (nee Kirby). Lily had apparently also said that Frederick had been very depressed and that he actually took her seriously and did what she said. I believe that he was in a state of unsound mind, as the newspaper states. We, however, do not know how true the story is, as it has been passed down a few generations, and could easily have been changed.

I found an obituary in the Hull Daily Mail from 28th November 1932 which reads: 1Frederick Beacock Florence Avis Hull Daily Mail 28 November 1932.jpg

I visited Northern Cemetery, which is where the most of the burial records are stored. On his burial record, it stated that the cause of death was Gas Poisoning. Frederick was buried in Western Cemetery on 29th November 1932 at 2:15 pm, where his wife Florence was later buried. There is, unfortunately, no headstone.

Thank you for reading,
Tony.

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