Illustration by Joda, @jonydaga
In 1918 Ernest Frederick Beal was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the only man in Brighton to receive the highest award for ‘gallantry in the face of the enemy’ in World War One.
Born in Brighton on January 27, 1883, Beal attended Brighton Grammar School (now BHASVIC) and later worked in his father’s stationary shop in East Street. In 1914, aged 31, he enlisted as a trooper in the Sussex Yeomanry, and was made a sergeant a year later. Posted to the Balkans in 1915, he then rose to the position of second lieutenant in 13th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.
In March 1918, while stationed in St Léger, in the Pas-de-Calais region of Northern France, Beal performed the heroics that won him his award... [read more]