Memorial Wall

Private Bertram Beech

April 21, 1897 - December 10, 1925

Bertram Beech was born April 21, 1897, at Kidderminster, Worcestershire County, England. He served with the 6th U.S. Cavalry and the 3rd U.S. Field Artillery Medical Detachment from 1917 to 1919. He enlisted with the Constabulary from Philadelphia on May 1, 1924, and was assigned to Troop D, Butler.

On December 10, 1925, at 5:30 a.m., Private Beech was a passenger in a patrol car operated by Private John T. Edelman. The vehicle struck a Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad train at the McCoystown Crossing, Mercer County, a dangerous unattended railroad crossing. Private Beech was killed instantly.

Private Beech was buried in the Greenmount Cemetery in Philadelphia on December 14, 1925. Beech, 28, completed one year and eight months of Constabulary service.

A silhouette illustration of a state trooper in lieu of an image of Private Bertram Beech