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William Gladstone BEESLEY

Regimental number1913
Place of birthArmidale, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBrickmaker
AddressDumaresq Street, Armidale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinParents, Mr and Mrs D. Beesley, Dumaresq Street, Armidale, New South Wales
Previous military serviceMilitia, G Company, Armidale (6 months)
Enlistment date14 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Eliza BEESLEY; Wife: Nellie BEESLEY
Discharge date23 March 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength of 3rd Bn, Anzac, 14 June 1915.

Evacuated to Mudros, 20 June 1915; discharged, Mudros, 3 July 1915 (gravel wounds, back); rejoined unit, Anzac, 4 July 1915.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Anzac, 18 July 1915; transferred to Fleet Sweeper, 18 July 1915; to HS 'Sicilia', no date stated; to St Andrew's Hospital, Malta, 28 July 1915; to All Saints' Hospital, Malta, 7 August 1915; to St David's Hospital, Malta, 22 August 1915; to Saint Lawrence Convalescent Camp, Malta, 1 September 1915.

Embarked, Malta, 26 September 1915; disembarked, 30 September 1915, and marched into Overseas Base the same day.

Embarked, 18 October 1915; rejoined 3rd Bn, Anzac, 30 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 29 January 1916, of breaking camp and remaining absent without leave from tatto, 23 January 1916, until 2100 hours, 24 January 1916: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2, forfeits 2 days' pay, and total forfeiture of 12 days' pay.

Found guilty, 12 February 1916, of being absent without leave from 2145 hours, 6 February 1916, until 2145 hours, 7 February 1916: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeits 2 days' pay.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 13 February 1916.

Admitted to No 14 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 4 March 1916 (venereal disease); transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 4 March 1916; to No 4 Ambulance Train, 5 March 1916; to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 5 March 1916; discharged to Overseas Base, 20 March 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 17 days.

Marched into Garrison Camp, Zeitoun, 28 February 1916.

Marched into 1st Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 17 April 1916.

Rejoined 55th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Found guilty, 6 May 1916, of (1) disobedience of a standing order in that he fell out of ranks without permission; (2) being absent from 0730 hours parade: awarded 5 days' confined to barracks, and forfeits 1 days' pay.

Found guilty, 29 April 1916, of being insolent to a NCO.

On Command at Bde Police, 7 May 1916; rejoined unit, 16 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marselles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916; admitted to No 13 General Hospital, Boulogne, 20 July 1916 (gunshot wound, knee); transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 21 July 1916; discharged to Base Details, 29 July 1916.

Rejoined 55th Bn, 15 August 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, 24 August 1916; rejoined unit, 3 September 1916.

On leave of absence, 11 November 1916; rejoined unit, 27 November 1916.

Admitted to No 38 Casualty Clearing Station, 8 December 1916 (bronchitis); to No 11 General Hospital, Camiers, 10 December 1916; to England, 31 December 1916; to No 1 Southern General Hospital, Le Havre, 1 December 1917; discharged to furlough, 14 June 1917, and to report to No 3 Command Depot, 28 June 1917.

Posted as absent without leave, 28 June 1917, but no discipline action taken.

Admitted to No 2 Western General Hospital, Manchester, 9 July 1917 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 27 October 1917; discharged to furlough, 8 November 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 17 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Runic', 20 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 13 February 1918, and proceeded overland to Sydney; discharged Sydney (medically unfit: nephritis), 23 March 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death27 August 1935
Age at death43
Place of burialSandgate Cemetery, Newcastle, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEESLEY William Gladstone

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