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Albert Edward Beeson, 1902-1986

Albert Beeson

When I was 20 I knew it all
When I was 30 I was certain I knew it all
When I was 40 I had some doubt
When I was 50 I knew as much as when I was 20
When I was 60 I started to learn again
At 70 I know what little I know
I have learned more in the past ten years than I learned in the previous 60 years
I now accept what little I know

A E Beeson . . . 1972

After serving in Ireland in the 'Black and Tans' just after the First World War (where family history states that he made quite a bit from running a crown and anchor board(!), Albert worked as a barman in Bull Street and Camp Hill and married Ann at Aston in Birmingham, England, in 1923. Photo of Albert as a Barman

He worked for the Gas Department as an Inspector until 1938 when he bought a Co-operative Insurance book. He continued to work in insurance for the Co-operative Insurance Society until his retirement.

During the Second World War he also served as a Police War Reserve (PWR) stationed at Sparkhill Police Station, Birmingham. Photo of Albert in the PWR

In his book Albert writes about the circumstances that led to his socialist beliefs; he became a socialist after hearing Fred Longden speak, late MP for Deritend. Albert was a member of the Co-operative Party together with his late wife Ann Photo of Ann Beeson who was also a member of the central council.

During the war he was an active member of the ILP (independent labour party) and helped get elected the late Ewan Evans, Yardley. During his ILP days he was quite friendly with the late Lord Fenner Brockway and Jimmy Maxton, and was a contemporary of Percy Shermer who represented Sparkhill and Sparkbrook and became MP for Duddeston.

Albert was a regular attendee at the summer schools during the war at Bangor University College and Durham and continued to attend Co-operative Party summer schools after the war at venues such as Hoddeston.

Although he didn't proceed with it, he was asked to stand in the 1945 General Election. He was a member of CND and was also passionately dedicated to the work of the Council for Civil Liberties.

He was appointed Justice of the Peace and served on the bench in the Birmingham courts from the mid-'60s.


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