Born May 1, 1844, in Staffordshire, England.
Beech emigrated to Boston in 1848. In 1856, he moved to Trenton and found a job with City Pottery, at the corner of Perry and Carroll Streets.
Beech joined Co. B, 4th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on Aug. 9, 1861, to fight for the Union in the Civil War. He was promoted to corporal, Sept. 1, 1864, and to sergeant, Feb. 1, 1865.
Beech was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery at Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, May 12, 1864.
His citation read: "Voluntarily assisted in working the gun of a battery, all the members of which had been killed or wounded."
Died Nov. 27, 1926, at his home at 536 S. Warren St.