The Bear Cousins

George and Joseph Bear were cousins, their fathers were brothers.

15271, Private George Frederick Bear, age 20
1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died 08 May 1915

Son of Albert and Ellen Bear of Falkenham Road, Kirton. He had 3 brothers and a younger sister.  He worked as a farm labourer before the war. George landed in Le Havre 18 Jan 1915 and was killed on 8 May 1915, during the 2nd Battle of Ypres. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres. Private Bear is also commemorated on the Felixstowe and Kirton War Memorials.  

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Menin Gate, Ypres

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The Suffolk Regiment

40994, Private Joseph Albert Bear, age 30
7/8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Died 25 January 1918

Born 22nd December 1887.  Father Herbert G Bear, Mother Elizabeth Ann Rudd.  Joseph had five sisters and two brothers. He was married to Annie Eugenie Bear and lived at Meadow Cottage, Kirton. They had one daughter, Florence M Bear born in July 1910.  Joseph worked as a farm labourer in Kirton before the war. He died of wounds on 25th Jan 1918 and is buried at Hamburg Cemetery, plot I Row C, the inscription on his gravestone reads ‘Gone but not forgotten’. The location of his grave would indicate that he died as a Prisoner of War, probably captured at the 3rd Battle of Ypres where the 7/8th RIF were fighting up until Nov 1917.  Private Bear is also commemorated on the Kirton War Memorial.

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Hamburg Cemetery

Kirton War Memorial

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Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers