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William BEGGS

Regimental number4295
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionUnitarian
OccupationFarmer
AddressAlex. Beggs (brother), Staughtonvale, Anakie, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 5.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Beggs, 1 Francis Street, Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 November 1915
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 October 1916
Discharge date19 January 1917
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4294 Lance Corporal Joseph Samuel BEGGS, 24th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Wiltshire', 7 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Tunisian' and proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 30 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 5 June 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 6 July 1916 (debility). Embarked Calais on HS 'Dieppe' and proceeded to England, 9 July 1916; moved out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 13 July 1916.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Ajana', 17 October 1916; disembarked Melbourne, 8 December 1916. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Melbourne, 19 January 1917 (overage).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 March 1939
Place of burialDunolly Cemetery, Victoria.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEGGS William

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