Frank Harold Bester was my first cousin four times removed. His Grandparents, Charles Bester and Sarah Gill, were my fourth Great Grandparents. I first wrote about this branch of my family in January with the profile of Walter Francis Bester who was Frank’s nephew.
Frank was born to Charles Bester Jr. and Fanny Adams in 1892. The ninth of eleven children, his oldest siblings were already out of the family home and starting their own families when he was still a child. By 1911, when Frank was 18, it has only he and two of his brothers living with his parents in Winchmore Hill (now a suburban area of North London). His occupation at this time is listed in the census as a draper’s assistant.
Frank attested to the Royal Fusiliers in November of 1915 at the age of 23. He was later transferred to the Royal Scots, then the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment. He was sent to India upon joining this last battalion in March of 1917, then to Mesopotamia in December of the same year where he served the duration of the war, arriving back in Britain in March of 1919.
Frank lived out his days in Wood Green with his wife Lilian whom he married in 1923. He passed away in 1954 at the age of 61.
Alfred Edward Perring was the older brother of Richard John Perring, though it seems that the two probably barely knew each other. Alfred and Richard’s parents, Annie Bester and Walter Perring, immigrated to Canada in 1907. Alfred, who was 18 at the time, did not make the trip, while Richard, only 10, did. It is likely that this was the last time they saw each other, as Richard died serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the war.
At some point before 1910, Alfred joined the military, and was stationed in India. There he met Amelia Edith Adshead who had been born to a British family in Kolkata, West Bengal. At some point, he also dropped the “g” from his last name, as he is known as “Alfred Perrin” in all documents throughout his adult life. He and Amelia married in 1910 in Rangoon, and their first three children were born in India before the war. He served in the war in both France and Gallipoli as a Sergeant in the Alexandra, Princess of Wales’ own Yorkshire Regiment, and with the Corps of Military Staff Clerks. He and Amelia had three more children between 1915 and 1920, all born in India. At some point before 1939, Alfred and his family moved to Edmonton, UK which is where Alfred later passed away in 1950 at the age of 60.