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Benjamin BEETHAM

Regimental number1824
Place of birthGatton, Queensland
SchoolState School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationChaff contractor
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation41
Height6' 1"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alvina Beetham, Laidley, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 6 years in the Light Horse.
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Light Horse Regiment, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/16/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mongolia on 8 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Squadron Engineers
FateKilled in Action 19 April 1917
Place of death or woundingGaza, Palestine
Date of death19 April 1917
Age at death47
Place of burialBeersheba War Cemetery (Row Q, Grave No. 84), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Benjamin and Lucy Jane BEETHm, husband of Alvina BEETHAM, Laidley, Queensland. Native of Tent Hill, Gatton, Queensland
Family/military connectionsSon: 1825 Pte Edwin Charles BEETHAM, 11th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 22 January 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

Reported for duty and taken on strength, 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, Egypt, 12 August 1916.

Transferred to 11th Light Horse Regiment, 12 October 1916; taken on strength, Serapeum, 12 October 1916.

Admitted to 1/2 East Anglican Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 27 November 1916 (defective vision); transferred to 26th Stationary Hospital, Ismalia, 28 November 1916; discharged to duty, 9 December 1916; taken on strength, 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, 9 December 1916.

Transferred to 1st Field Squadron Engineers, Anzac Mounted Division, 19 February 1917; taken on strength, 19 February 1917.

Killed in action, Hiseia near Gaza, Palestine, 19 April 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEETHAM Benjamin

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