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Regimental number1796
Place of birthBass, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPoowong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39.5
Height5' 4"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Lucy Beatty, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 May 1916
Place of enlistmentLeongatha, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 15 March 1916 - 37th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 37th Battalion, 26 October 1916.
FateKilled in Action 8 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death40
Age at death from cemetery records45
Place of burialStrand Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 4), Ploegsteert, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 16 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 October 1916.

Taken on strength, 37th Bn, 26 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.

Killed in action, 8 June 1917.

Statement, Red Cross File, 10 CQMS L.C. TURNER, 37th Bn, 23 November 1917: 'Pte J. Beck was one of my cooks and was on his way to the line on the day of the 8th. June with his three mates. They were going up to try and give the lads of the company something hot when they were struck by a shell and Jack was killed instantly. His other three mates were wounded.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BECK John
Red Cross File No 0310501A

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