Brothers tossed coin to decide their fate in Great War

Jack Beavington  came home from the First World War to continue farming in Thurleigh.

Jack Beavington came home from the First World War to continue farming in Thurleigh.

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A touching tribute is being paid to a Thurleigh soldier who fought for the Bedfordshire Yeomanry Regiment in the First World War.

A photograph of 20-year-old Edward Norman Beavington, known as Jack, was donated to the University of Bedfordshire by the soldier’s son, Dr Frank Beavington.

Jack and brother Dick tossed a coin to decide which one should enlist in August 1914 when the last load of wheat sheaves was brought to the family farm – and which one would stay to tend the farm for the war effort. Jack won the toss and went off to war. After disembarkation in France in June 1915, Jack saw action on the Somme and at Cambrai and was awarded the three standard Great War medals – the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

 

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