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Regimental number4032
Place of birthAlbert Park, Victoria
SchoolFairfield Park State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Beford, 'Rhondda', Grant Street, Brighton, Victoria
Previous military service19th Battery Australian Field Artillery; Served in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date29 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 January 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 2 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death21.10
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialThe Huts Cemetery (Plot IX, Row A, Grave No. 14), Dickebusch, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Thomas and Mary Hannah BEDFORD, "Rhondda", Grant Street, Brighton, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 27 June 1915; transferred to 2nd Brigade Ammunition Column, Anzac, 27 July 1915; admitted to No 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis, 31 July 1915 (rheumatism); transferred to Australian Records Section, Zeitoun, Egypt, 9 September 1915; taken on strength, 10 September 1915.

Appointed Acting Bombardier, 19 February 1916.

Struck off strength Australian Records Section and reverted to permanent rank of Gunner, 4 July 1916; joined Australian Artillery Training Depot, Tel-el-Kebir, 5 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Force, 1 August 1916.

Found guilty, 12 September 1916, of being absent without leave from midnight 7 September, to 11 pm, 11 September 1916: forfeited a total of 4 days' pay.

Transferred to 21st Field Artillery Brigade, England, 26 October 1916.

Found guilty, 28 January 1917, of overstaying leave from midnight 22 January, to 9 pm, 27 January 1917: awarded 168 hours Detention; forfeited a total of 12 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 march 1917.

Taken on strength, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade and posted to 102nd Battery, France, 31 March 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 2 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEDFORD Eric Bert

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