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Trooper Walter Beale

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Walter Osmond Beale

Ancestor's date of birth: 11/08/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 06/05/1953

Cause of Death: Pneumonia following Gall Bladder operation

Service and Life Before the Boer War: No details provided.

Service Number: 433

Colony or State of enlistment: SA, Place of Enlistment: Adelaide

Unit: 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 01/02/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): GNR, Date Effective: 18/04/1916

Murray Page: 369

Contingent: Fifth South Australian Contingent

Ship: SS Ormazon, Date of Sailing: 09/02/1901

Memorial details: General Section Centennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, Orange Free State, SA 1901 and SA 1902; British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 181 cm, weight 64 kg, of fair complexion with dark hair and blue eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: Service: March 1901 - March 1902 in Free State including defence of Graspan where five dead (6 June 1901) and charge at Grootvlei (2 August 1901).

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as a plumber, lived at Mount Gambier. Served two years in G Company, Mt Gambier Infantry. Joined the AIF 16 September 1915, initially served with the Light Horse, but was transferred to the Artillery. Wounded in action in France 5 October 1917. Returned to Australia and discharged 5 April 1919. Married and had a son Walter Charles Beale on 6 Dec 1925, he served in the RAAF in WW2.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Walter Charles Beale, Springfield SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Son


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