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Born:

12/03/1908, Hull

Baptised:

Died:

1977, Hull

Buried:

 

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(in his mid-20s)

 

Non-Chess Life

 

The birth of William Beedham of Hull was registered in the first quarter of 1908, and his date of birth is given more specifically in the quarterly death return index as 12/03/1908.  His parents were James Beedham (born 1878/79, Hull) and Lillie Beedham (born 1881.82, Selby), who had married in 1905/06, and by the 1911 census they had had three children, all Hull-born, and all surviving, as follows:

 

Edna Beedham

born 1906/07

William Beedham

born 12/03/1908

Dora Beedham

born 1909/10

 

There were quite likely more children born later.

 

The 1911 census found the two parents and above three children living at 19 Melwood Grove, off Beverley Road, Hull.  Father James was by occupation a French polisher, a line of business William entered.

 

He was a partner in the firm of Beedham’s of Hull.

 

Besides chess he had an interest in flying aircraft, real ones that is.  He obtained a Royal Aero Club Aviator’s Certificate on 04/09/1939 flying a B. A. Swallow, Cirrus, 85, at Hull Aero Club.

 

Death

 

His death at age 69 was registered in the fourth quarter of 1977, at Hull.

 

Chess

 

William Beedham started playing chess at the age of 16.  In 1929 he joined Hull Chess Club, and in that year won the Hull & District League Individual Handicap tournament and was second in the Minor Championship.  In 1930 he tied for first place in the Minor Championship, but lost the play-off.  He was nevertheless promoted to the Championship class, and in 1931 won the Championship of 1931-32, after a play-off with R. Bainbridge, and won it again in 1932-33.

 

He played around board two for Hull’s woodhouse Cup team from 1932-33.

 

He won the Yorkshire championship in 1933-34, defeating G. V. Field of Bradford in the final.

 

He was secretary of Hull Chess Club in 1933-34, and quite possibly after that time.

 

 

Sources:

Brief biographical article by Bill Batley in the Yorkshire Telegraph and Star.

Royal Aero Club records on www.ancestry.co.uk.

Usual census and birth/marriage/death sources.

 

Created

05/05/2013

Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

Census information is copyright of The National Archive, see UK Census Information

Last Updated

05/05/2013