Horace was born in about 1873 in Fleetwood in Lancashire to Henry Beer (from Little Chetser, Derbyshire) and Catherine. By the time of the 1891 Census, the family were living in Startforth. In 1901, Horace's family were living at the Bowes Museum where his father was the Caretaker but Horace does not appear in the Census for that year. Horace had an older sister and bother, Frances Hannah and John William, and a younger brother and sisters, Frederick (see separate entry), Catherine and Rebecca.
Horace married Harriet from West Hartlepool and by 1911 the couple had 6 children, Henry Edward James (see separate entry), Ciceley, John, Jenny, Hannah and George.
Ancestry holds a WW1 Medal Rolls Index card for a Horace Beer who served in the DLI with the rank of Private. If this is the same Horace Beer, he was posted to France on 19.4.1915 and his service numbers during the war were 2238 and 250177. This Horace Beer was awarded the British and Victory Medals and the 1914/15 Star. However, this may not be the same Horace Beer. According to the BM Roll of Honour, Horace was a Sergeant.
Teesdale Mercury 29.05.1918 - Page 3: Column 1
Private Horace Beer (DLI) in short leave of absence