The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private William Beecher

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: William Walter Beecher

Ancestor's date of birth: 18/10/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 01/04/1938

Cause of Death: at home unsure of cause.

Service Number: 933

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Gippsland

Unit: Victorian 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On Enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 286

Contingent: Fifth Victorian

Ship: Orient, Argus, or City of Lincoln, Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901

Memorial details: Buried at Warringal Cemetery Heidelburg: Wesleyan Area; Row: M Grave:30

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: March 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal and Natal frontier, including defeat at Wilmansrust where 18 killed and 42 wounded (12 June 1901), and successful intervention at Onverwacht (4 January 1902); heaviest casualties of any Australian contingent, at Wilmansrust suffered the costliest defeat.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 25 April 1902 on the St Andrew. No further details provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Debbie Drought-McGregor, QLD

Relationship to Ancestor: great granddaughter


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