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Hubert Godfrey BEACHLEY

Regimental number882
Place of birthBridgewater, Victoria
SchoolState School No 1097, Bridgewater, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressBridgewater on Loddon, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6.75"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs K. Beachley, Bridgewater on Loddon, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death18.5
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 7), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
49
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry Alfred and Catherine BEACHLEY, Lyndhurst Street, Bridgewater-on-Loddon, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Reported as wounded in action between 25 April 1915 and 2 May 1915.

Now, 22 May 1915, posted as 'Missing in Action, Gallipoli Peninsula, 25 April 1915'.

Now, 29 December 1915, confirmed as 'Wounded and Missing in Action, Gallipoli Peninsula, 25 April 1915'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 5 June 1916, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, Gallipoli Peninsula, 25 April 1915'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 0290504K, 822 Pte William SULLIVAN, 7th Bn (patient, Luna Park Hospital, Heliopolis), 124 February 1916: 'Beachley was shot through the chest in a charge at Cape Helles. His chest was riddled with machine gun bullets. He was lying in Krithia Nulla as witness charged up and also when he returned. Beachley refused to be taken back. He said he knew he was done for. He appeared to be bleeding to death fast. The ground he lay on was retired over, but was retaken afterwards. Beachley was stunned by a shell at the Anzac landing, but got well sufficiently to go to Helles.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEACHLEY Hubert Godfrey
Red Cross File No 0290504K

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