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Thomas James BESTON

Regimental number415
Place of birthSheffield, England
Other NamesThomas Joseph
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHairdresser
AddressDrouin PO, Drouin, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, J M Beston, PO, Warragul, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 48th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date15 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name14th Battalion, D Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2334
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Date of death19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery , Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, Rest Gully, Anzac, 12 October 1915; transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 20 October 1915 (diarrhoea), and transferred to Hospital Ship; admitted to St Patrick's hospital, Malta, 27 October 1915 (debility); transferred to All Saints' Hospital, 24 November 1915; discharged from hospital in Malta, 7 December 1915, and embarked for Egypt fit for Active Service.

Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 13 January 1916 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea), and admitted to Detention Barracks; discharged to duty, 16 March 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 64 days,

Taken on strength, 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 17 July 1916'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BESTON Thomas James

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