Beckett, Alfred (1881-1945)

Alfred Beckett was a retail clothing agent

He lived at 1860 Alberni Street in 1910 and 1911. In the mid-1940s, he was living at 2037 Pendrell Street.

 

Early Life

Alfred Beckett was born on May 9, 1881, in Wrexham, Denbigh, Wales. His parents were George and Sarah Beckett.

 

To British Columbia

Alfred first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1907. He was working as a clerk at 613 West Hastings Street, which was the business of Edward Chapman, an importer of men’s furnishings, hats, gloves and valises.

In 1910, Alfred published a notice in the Cariboo Observer (published in Quesnel, British Columbia), describing his intention to buy land in the Cariboo Land District.

 

Cariboo Observer, Quesnel, British Columbia, September 3, 1910, no page number; first printed page, column 5,

 

No further information appears in relation to Alfred’s connection to this property.

Alfred was married to Agnes (surname unknown). She was born in England on September 11, 1886. In the 1911 Canada census, Alfred and Agnes were in Nanaimo. The census listed Alfred’s occupation as “farmer.”

 

Military Service

During the First World War, Alfred enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and he served with the 15th Field Ambulance. Two brothers also served in the military during the war.

 

The Llangollen Advertiser, June 23, 1916, page 8.

 

He was discharged from the military forces on June 25, 1919, during the general demobilization at the end of the war.

In the 1921 Canada census, Alfred and Agnes were living at 672 West 13th Avenue in Vancouver. Alfred was a manager with T.B. Cuthbertson and Company’s, which was a clothing business for men.

 

Later Life

Alfred belonged to United Service Lodge No. 24; the Perfection Chapter of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8; and the Rose Croix.

In the late 1930s (possibly after the death of Edward Chapman in December 1938) Alfred became the president of Edward Chapman Ltd.

In 1939, Agnes and her son, Ronald, were living at 37 Victoria Road, Runcorn, Cheshire, England.

 

Ancestry.com. 1939 England and Wales Register [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2018. The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/4102G. Name: Agnes Beckitt; Gender: Female; Marital status: Married; Birth Date: 11 Sep 1886; Residence Year: 1939; Address: 37 [Victoria Road]; Residence Place: Runcorn, Cheshire, England; Occupation: Unpaid Domestic Duties; Schedule Number: 260; Sub Schedule Number: 1; Enumeration District: LGOR; Registration district: 446/1; Household Members: Agnes Beckitt; Ronald G Beckitt.

37 Victoria Road, Runcorn, Cheshire, England; Google Streets; searched November 8, 2019; image dated: July 2018.

 

Alfred died in Vancouver on January 31, 1945. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 1, 1945, page 15, column 2.

 

 

Vancouver Province, February 2, 1945, page 3, column 6.

 

 

Vancouver Sun, February 2, 1945, page 4, column 2.

 

Vancouver Province, August 13, 1945, page 21, column 2.

 

In 1945, Agnes was still living at 37 Victoria Road, Stockton Heath, England. The Canadian Pension Commission informed Agnes that Alfred’s death was not related to service with the Canadian military forces.

 

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: BECKETT, ALFRED; Regimental Number: 532660; Date of Birth: 1881-05-09; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 574 – 37; Item Number: 33322; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); Digitized service file: B0574-S037; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B0574-S037.

 

No further information is available for Agnes.

 

 

Ronald George Beckett

Alfred and Agnes Beckett had a son named Ronald George Beckett (1920-2006). He served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

 

Sources

George Beckett (father of Alfred Beckett)

“Wales, Denbighshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCRS-VBY : accessed 03 May 2014), George Beckitt, 03 Dec 1876, Banns; citing “Parish Records Collection 1538-2005,” Brightsolid; Brymbo, Denbighshire, Wales, p. 31.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2WS-ZQNL : 11 December 2017), George Beckett, Wrexham Regis, Denbighshire, Wales; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 28, Piece/Folio 5520/17, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,507.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:45GY-GPZ : 8 May 2019), George Beckett, Erbistock, Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Denbighshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9BN-N25 : 21 May 2019), George Beckett, Ruabon, Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Ruabon subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X7VC-P21 : 22 July 2019), George Beckett, Ruabon, Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“Wales, Denbighshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCPM-DZX : 11 February 2018), George Beckett, 25 Jun 1927, Burial; from “Parish Records Collection 1538-2005,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Ruabon, Denbighshire, Wales, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Sarah A. (mother of Alfred Beckett)

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2WS-ZQJW : 11 December 2017), Sarah A Beckett in household of George Beckett, Wrexham Regis, Denbighshire, Wales; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 28, Piece/Folio 5520/17, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,507.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:45GY-YN2 : 8 May 2019), Sarah A Beckett in household of George Beckett, Erbistock, Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Denbighshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9BN-N2R : 21 May 2019), Sarah A Beckett in household of George Beckett, Ruabon, Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Ruabon subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X7VC-PLM : 22 July 2019), Sarah Ann Beckett in household of George Beckett, Ruabon, Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVH6-2HTL : 4 September 2014), Sarah A Beckett, 1932; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Alfred Beckett

Alfred Beckett (1881–1945); Birth: 9 MAY 1881, Wrexham, Wales; Death: 31 JAN 1945, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XVD-YTS : 1 October 2014), Alfred Beckett, 1881; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:45GB-NN2 : 8 May 2019), Alfred Beckett in household of George Beckett, Erbistock, Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Denbighshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9C1-DCT : 20 May 2019), Alfred Beckett, Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Brixton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

Cariboo Observer, Quesnel, British Columbia, September 3, 1910, no page number; first printed page, column 5: “Alfred Beckett, of Vancouver, clerk, intends to apply for permission to purchase the following described lands: commencing at a post planted two miles south and four miles east of the S.W. corner post of J.E. Rose’s pre-emption No. 135 on Horsefly Road, thence south 80 chains; thence west 80 chains, thence north 80 chains; thence east 80 chains to place of commencement, containing 640 acres.” No further information appears in relation to Alfred’s connection to this property.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: BECKETT, ALFRED; Regimental Number: 532660; Date of Birth: 1881-05-09; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 574 – 37; Item Number: 33322; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=33322; Digitized service file: B0574-S037; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B0574-S037.

Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 9. Name: Alfred Backett [sic: Beckett]; Gender: Male; Marital status: Married; Age: 43; Birth Year: abt 1878; Birth Place: England; Relation to Head of House: Head; Spouse’s name: Annie Backett; Father Birth Place: England; Mother Birth Place: England; Year of Immigration: 1907; Racial or Tribal Origin: English; Province or Territory: British Columbia; District: Vancouver; District Number: 13; Sub-District: Ward 6; Sub-District Number: 23; City, Town or Village: Vancouver; Street or Township: 672 13th Ave W; Municipality: Ward 6; Occupation: Manager; Income: 3000; Household Members: Alfred Backett [Beckett]: 43; Annie Backett [Agnes Beckett]: 37; Ranald George Backett  [Ronald George Beckett].

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL22-G9K : accessed 03 May 2014), Edward Chapman, 13 Dec 1938; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13164, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1953197.

“Alfred Beckett Rites Today,” Vancouver Province, February 2, 1945, page 3: “Last rites for Alfred Beckett, 63, of 2037 Pendrell, and director of Chapman’s Men’s Furnishings Ltd., were held today in Center & Hanna’s Chapel, with the Rev. J. Herdman officiating. Interment was in the soldiers’ plot, Mountain View Cemetery. Mr. Beckett was known in the clothing business throughout Canada. He had been a commercial traveller, representing English clothing firms. He was born in Wrexham, North Wales, and came to Vancouver 40 years ago. During the last war, Mr. Beckett served with the 15th Field Ambulance overseas. He was a member of the United Service Lodge No. 24, the Perfection Chapter of the Vancouver Lodge No. 8 and the Rose Croix. Surviving are his wife, in England, and one son, on active service with the R.A.F.”

“Alfred Beckett, 63, Clothier, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, February 2, 1945, page 4: “Alfred Beckett, 63, of 2037 Pendrell, president of Edward Chapman Men’s Clothing Ltd. for the past six years, died Wednesday. A resident of Vancouver for 40 years, he was known from coast to coast as a representative of several English clothing firms. Born in North Wales, Mr. Beckett belonged to the United Service Lodge, No. 24. He leaves his wife, Stockton Heath, Warrington, England; one son, Ronald, RAF. Funeral services were conducted today in Center & Hanna’s funeral chapel, with Rev. J.W. Robinson officiating. Interment was at the Soldiers’ plot, Mountain View Cemetery.”

Alfred Beckett, death notice, Vancouver Sun, February 1, 1945, page 15; Vancouver Province, February 1, 1945, page 13.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-S892 : 13 December 2015), Alfred Beckett, 1945; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26319373, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26319373: “Alfred Beckett; Birth: unknown; Death: 31 Jan 1945; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot: ABRAY/*/03/023/0007; Memorial ID: 6319373.”

 

Agnes (wife of Alfred Beckett)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-BMPB : 16 March 2018), Agnes Beckett in entry for Alford Beckett, 1911; citing Census, Nanaimo Sub-Districts 1-28, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,660.

Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 9. Name: Agnes Beckett [indexed as Backett] in household of Alfred Backett [sic: Beckett]; Province or Territory: British Columbia; District: Vancouver; District Number: 13; Sub-District: Ward 6; Sub-District Number: 23; City, Town or Village: Vancouver; Street or Township: 672 13th Ave W; Municipality: Ward 6;  Household Members: Alfred Backett [Beckett]: 43; Annie Backett [Agnes Beckett]: 37; Ranald George Backett  [Ronald George Beckett].

Ancestry.com. 1939 England and Wales Register [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2018. The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/4102G. Name: Agnes Beckitt; Gender: Female; Marital status: Married; Birth Date: 11 Sep 1886; Residence Year: 1939; Address: 37; Residence Place: Runcorn, Cheshire, England; Occupation: Unpaid Domestic Duties; Schedule Number: 260; Sub Schedule Number: 1; Enumeration District: LGOR; Registration district: 446/1; Household Members: Agnes Beckitt; Ronald G Beckitt.

 

Ronald George Beckett (son of Alfred Beckett)

Ronald George Beckett (1920–2006); Birth: 19 APR 1920, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Death: 7 JAN 2006, Reading, Berkshire, England (ancestry.ca).

Ancestry.com. 1939 England and Wales Register [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2018. The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/4102G. Name: Ronald G. Beckitt; Gender: Male; Marital status: Single ; Birth Date: 19 Apr 1920; Residence Year: 1939; Address: 37; Residence Place: Runcorn, Cheshire, England; Occupation: Size & Alum Attendant; Schedule Number: 260; Sub Schedule Number: 2; Enumeration District: LGOR; Registration district: 446/1; Household Members: Agnes Beckitt; Ronald G Beckitt.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVDS-4YNH : 8 October 2014), Ronald G Beckett and null, 1946; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1946, quarter 3, vol. 6A, p. 71, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV4C-KR48 : 4 September 2014), Ronald George Beckett, Jan 2006; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Reading, Berkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Lena Griffin (possible wife of Ronald George Beckett)

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVDS-6DMB : 8 October 2014), Lena Griffin and null, 1946; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1946, quarter 3, vol. 6A, p. 71, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Edward Chapman (clothing sales business)

Edward Chapman Ladies’ Shop Limited v. Edward Chapman Limited et al., 2006 BCSC 14, http://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/2006/2006bcsc14/2006bcsc14.html.

Edward Chapman Ladies’ Shop Limited v. Edward Chapman Limited, 2007 BCCA 370, http://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcca/doc/2007/2007bcca370/2007bcca370.html.

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