"This project started out as the result of an offer I made to my brother-in-law to copy and computer enhance an old photograph he had of his late father. The result was so successful that we started to dig out other family photographs and, in so doing, came across several personal papers relating to his father's service life. The story they told just cried out for further research and this, two years later, is the result so far. Like all good adventure stories, the hero is larger than life. Well they don't come much larger than 'Pop'; Beeton. According to his service records, he was only five foot six when he joined up but when I met him, some forty years later, he towered over my meagre six foot one. He was always an imposing figure who retained his military bearing right up until the end. Although, in later life, he had to have an extra piece put into the leather army belt that he always wore, he stayed fit and trim and certainly was not the sort of man that one would try to take advantage of. I was lucky enough to know 'Pop', but this story is for the benefit of his descendants who did not have that privilege. I hope it will be a source of interest and pride to them and give them as much pleasure in reading it as I have had in researching and producing it. If the theory regarding the War Memorials is proven, I hope it will also bring life to those marble soldiers and give them a new meaning to every one who passes by."
David R Hooper, August 1997.
[Copies of this booklet (Complete with additional photographs and historical data) are held in Lincoln Central Library, Welton Library, The Imperial War Museum and several Regimental Museums.]