|Place of birth||Down, Ireland|
|Address||Goodwood via Bundaberg, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||28|
|Next of kin||Brother, James Beattie, Ballyhalbert, Co Louth, Ireland|
|Previous military service||Served for 3 years in the Royal Naval Reserve.|
|Place of enlistment||Brisbane, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||52nd Battalion 3rd Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/69/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Mcgillivray on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||41st Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Brisbane on HMAT 'Clan MacGillivray', 1 May 1916; appointed VO Corporal, 5 June 1916.
Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Megantic' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 August 1916; rank reverted to Private, 7 August 1916; disembarked Southampton, England, 16 August 1916; marched into 13th Training Bn, Rollestone, 16 August 1916.
Found guilty at Rollestone, 31 August 1916, of (1) overstaying leave, 29 August 1916, and (2) disobeying orders, 31 August 1916: reprimanded by superior officer; forfeits total of 1 day's pay; taken on strength of 42nd Bn, 23 September 1916.
Proceeded to France through Southampton, 25 November 1916; detached to 3rd Divisional School, Etaples, 4 February 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 18 February 1917; promoted to Corporal, 26 February 1917; rank reverts to Lance Corporal, 2 March 1917; rank reverted to Private, 24 April 1917.
Admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 October 1917, and transferred to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 3 October 1917; to 10th Casualty Clearing Station, 3 October 1917 (multiple gun shot wounds); to Ambulance Train '6', 3 October 1917; admitted to 15th Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 4 October 1917. Proceeded to England on HS 'Grantully Castle', 18 October 1917; admitted to 3rd Western General Hospital, Newport, 19 October 1917; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 4 December 1917; discharged on furlough, 6 December 1917. Marched into No 4 Command Depot, 20 December 1917; marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 10 January 1918.
Found guilty at Bwicombe, 12 March 1918, of neglecting to obey a direct order, 9 March 1918: awarded 2 days' confinement to camp; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 2 May 1918; marched into 2nd Training Brigade, 13 May 1918, and posted to 9th Training Bn, Fovant.
Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 29 August 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Training Depot, Rouelles, 3 August 1918; rejoined unit in the field, 4 September 1918; taken on strength of 41st Bn, 23 October 1918; moved in from the field, 2 April 1919. Proceeded to England, 7 April 1919; marched into No 3 Group, Codford, 8 April 1919.
Embarked Tilbury and commenced return to Australia on HT 'Wahehe', 10 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 1 July 1919. Discharged Brisbane, 16 August 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, BEATTIE William|