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Beauchamp Walter BAGENAL

Regimental number3243
Place of birthStaplestown, Carlow, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMerchant
Address32 North Road, Brighton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 9.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Marion Cecile Bagenal, 32 North Road, Brighton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 October 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/15/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 17 January 1919
Discharge date2 May 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Themistocles', 4 August 1917; disembarked Glasgow, 2 October 1917; marched into Pioneer Training Bn, Fovant, 3 October 1917; rank reverts to Private upon marching into Training Bn, 3 October 1917; appointed Acting Lance Corporal, Sutton Veny, 18 November 1917; on command to 17th Australian School of Musketry course, Tidworth, 16 January 1918 (qualified as 1st class with fair working knowledge of Lewis gun); marched into Pioneer Training Bn, Sutton Veny, 16 February 1918.

Proceeded to France through Southampton, 6 March 1918; rank reverts to Private upon embarkation, 6 March 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Rouelles, 7 March 1918; marched out to Australian Corps Headquarters, 9 March 1918; marched out to unit, 20 March 1918; taken on strength of 3rd Pioneer Bn, 22 March 1918. Transferred to 10th Field Company Engineers and taken on strength, 6 April 1918.

Admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 25 April 1918; transferred to 61st Casualty Clearing Station, 26 April 1918 (gun shot wound, feet); to Ambulance Train '38', 26 April 1918; admitted to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 27 April 1918. Transferred to England for treatment, 4 May 1918; admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, 5 May 1918 (gun shot wound, left leg, amputated foot; gun shot wound, right foot, amputated little toe); transferred to 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 7 June 1918; granted furlough, 7 July 1918; reported to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, 13 July 1918; granted furlough, 12 September 1918. Admitted to King George's Hospital whilst on furlough, 17 September 1918; discharged from hospital and granted remainder of furlough, 18 September 1918; reported to 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 29 September 1918; discharged to Administration Headquarters, 15 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on 'Minnedose' at own expense, 17 January 1919; continued return to Australia from Vancouver on SS 'Niagara', 3 February 1919; disembarked Sydney, 27 March 1919, for onward travel to 3rd Military District. Discharged Melbourne, 2 May 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 March 1953
Age at death79
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 1, Grave 35), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAGENAL Beauchamp Walter

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