Person Male Born 19/2/1914 Died 17/4/1941
Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Court Downs Road, Beckenham, Kent on 16 April 1941. Andrew Behan has kindly carried out some research on this man:
Richard Beacon was born on 19 February 1914, the elder son of Richard Beacon and Florence Maria Winifred Beacon née Taylor. His birth was registered in Faversham, Kent. His father was a Water Man (Barge Mate). The 1939 England and Wales register shows him as a single man living at 9 St George's Road, Beckenham, Kent and his occupation was listed as a Hotel Barman. By 1941 he had moved and was living at Rayleigh, Maidstone Road, Borough Green, Kent.
He was killed as a result of enemy action, aged 27 years, at about 2.00am on 17 April 1941. He was travelling on the running board of an Auxiliary Fire Service car towing a pump at Wickham Road, Beckenham. They were returning to their station having been fighting a fire in Chancery Lane, London. As the vehicle turned into Court Downs Road to offer assistance at a fire they had come across, a high explosive bomb exploded about 20 feet behind the car and fragments pierced the petrol tank igniting the petrol and the vehicle was enveloped in flames killing him instantly. He is buried in Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium, Elmers End Road, Beckenham.
See David J. Chalmers for more details of the event.