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George Bean the 'Mystery soldier'

Here at My Brighton and Hove we are used to questions and requests for help arriving daily in our email box.  But a few weeks ago we received a quite unusual question from Peter Barnard who wrote:

‘Wonderful site for long time residents of Brighton, always something of interest, but, where on earth did that picture (top left “armed forces” page) of my uncle, George Bean, come from?’

The photo in question was one taken from ‘Brighton and Hove in Pictures’ which is on the library site and as far as we were concerned was a ‘mystery soldier’.  Peter was able to suggest where the original photo was taken and even sent us a photo of his uncle at school in Southover Street.

So – another My Brighton and Hove mystery solved – thanks Peter!

George Bean
Brighton and Hove in Pictures
George Bean: first row standing, 1st left
From the private collection of Peter Barnard

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  • Small world – this mystery soldier is the brother of Richard Henry Bean (My Granddad) pictured in another photo on this local folk page entitled Moulsecoomb Junior Training Corp 1941. I have a great family picture of them when they were very young with their mother, father and other brothers and sister

    By Martyn Brown (25/11/2009)
  • Small world. This mystery soldier is the brother of my granddad Richard(Dick) Bean, who is pictured in another photo in this local folk section entitled ‘Moulsecomb Junior training Corp 1941’. I’ve got great pictures of the two of them and the rest of the family taken when they were alot younger.

    By Martyn Brown (26/11/2009)
  • Wow! I came across this site by accident, but what a find, an absolute gem. The mystery soldier is my Grandfather, George Bean, the photo was taken outside of his house in Ditchling Rise where he still lived until he passed away in 1976. Martin, I have little information of my Grandfathers family, any info would be gratefully received.

    By Ian Gregory (30/10/2010)

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