Date of Birth:
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Toronto, Ontario
Communist Party of Canada, 1935
Prior military experience:
Approximate date arrived in Spain:
1937-01-20 left Canada; 1937-01-29 left Paris
Abraham Lincoln Battalion
Fate unknown: POW 16 February 1937; Executed; Or captured March 1938; Or captured and KIA in 1937; The Volunteer for Liberty of 7 March 1938 says he was captured when the truck he was riding drove into fascist lines; Stephens claims he was captured and shot by the fascists.
According to D.P. Stephens, Beckett was one of the first five Canadian sent to Spain to join the International Brigades (17).
List of Casualties in Spain MG30 E173 Vol.1 File 13; NAC, M-P Collection, Dent, V. 2, F. 7, Subject Files, Beckett, Thomas Edison: Correspondence, 1937-39; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 542 (name only); Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 51, ll. 11 Missing Probably Dead Complete to Sept. 10, 1937; Hoar; Momryk; Petrou; Stephens