Although the birth date is not an exact match, it is possible that Albert Beard is the same Albert Beard recorded as a 14 year old on the 1901 census, living at North Common and working as general agricultural labourer.
1906 he was based at
and then on the following ships (dates in brackets): Portsmouth
Hisrank on joining was Stoker, 2nd Class. Up until
HMS Ariadne (
9th December 1906 – 16th March 1907)
HMS Canopus (
17th March 1907 – 20th April 1907)
HMS Revenge (
21st April 1907 – 24th June 1908)
24th September 1909
and 10th October 1910,
Albert was at the Hong Kong Naval Base, HMS Tamar. On 11th October 1910, he was
posted to the , HMS Royal Arthur. By now, his rating was Stoker, 1st Class (having
been promoted in 1907) and between Royal
School 11th October 1910 and 31st August 1911, he spent his time at the
leadership school and at
naval barracks. Portsmouth
1st September 1911
he transferred to HMS Jupiter and
then back to
naval barracks on the 21st October. He
was discharged to the Royal Fleet Reserve on Portsmouth 30th October 1911.
Throughout his five years’ service, Albert's character was noted as Very Good and he had been awarded a Good Conduct Badge in 1909.
When war was declared he was posted to HMS Glory and served on this ship as a Stoker, 1st Class, until
10th April 1916 when it was
for re-fit. Albert Beard’s record notes
that he was stationed at Portsmouth
from Portsmouth 11th April 1916
before joining HMS Greenwich
(although the date of his transfer to
is unclear). He remained with HMS Greenwich until Greenwich 19th May 1919 when he was finally
Albert Beard’s character throughout his First World War service is recorded as Very Good and his ability ranging from satisfactory to superior. He was awarded a second Good Conduct badge on
24th July 1917.
HMS Glory was a Canopus Class Battleship that was built at Lair,
Birkenhead. It was laid down in December 1896 and
completed in October 1900 at a cost of £895,814. During the First World War, HMS Glory formed
part of the Channel Fleet. On 5th
August 1914 it was sent to Halifax, Nova Scotia as a guard ship to support crusiers
in North American waters and in October 1914 it was put on escort duties for
Canadian troop ships before being transferred to the Dardanelles in May
1915. In December 1915 it formed part of
the Suez Canal Patrol before being sent for re-fit at Portsmouth between April
and July 1916. From 1st
August 1916 until 1919 it was the flagship for the British North Russia
Squadron based at Archangel and was finally sold for scrap in 1922.
HMS Greenwich was a destroyer depot ship that was converted from a merchant ship and launched in July 1915. It had four 4-inch guns and one 3-inch anit-aircraft gun and sereved throughout the First and Second World Wars. It was finally converted back to a merchant ship in 1947, long after Albert Beard had ceased to sail on her.