The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Trooper Walter Beale|
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.
Name of Descendant: Walter Charles Beale, Springfield SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Son