Arthur Stanley (Smacker) BEALE

BEALE, Arthur Stanley

Service Number: 17
Enlisted: 22 November 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: Launceston, Tasmania Australia, 7 February 1890
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bootmaker
Died: Marks Point, New South Wales, Australia, 15 July 1943, aged 53 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
ANGLICAN 3-165. 22.
Memorials: Cook's Hill Superior Public School
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World War 1 Service

22 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 17, 35th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Involvement Private, SN 17, 35th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Embarked Private, SN 17, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
26 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 35th Infantry Battalion
17 Jul 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 17, 35th Infantry Battalion, Acting Cpl, GSW Left leg
14 Feb 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 17, 35th Infantry Battalion, 2nd MD, MU due to wounding

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
A Digger of The Great War resting at Sandgate Cemetery, Honour and Dignity being restored.

78 years ago today, on the Friday afternoon of the 16th July 1943, Lance Cpl Arthur Stanley Beale, (also known as Smacker), 35th Battalion (Reg No-17), bootmaker and wharf labourer from 1 Flemings Terrace, Hunter Street West, Newcastle, New South Wales and Marks Point, N.S.W., father of three, was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 53. ANGLICAN 3-165. 22.

Born at Launceston, Tasmania on the 7th February 1890 to William and Agnes Beale nee Ross or Rice; husband of Florence Muriel (A?) Beale nee Hodgins (married 1919, Wallsend, N.S.W., died 1949, ashes Beresfield Crematorium), Arthur enlisted November 1915 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 31.1.1917 (defective vision), and wounded in action - 17.7.1917 (multiple GSW left leg), Arthur returned home January 1918, being discharged medically unfit on the 14th February 1918.

Mr Beale’s name has been inscribed on the Cooks Hill Superior Public School Roll of Honour Board 1 (photo, unveiled on the 5th September 1918, 426 names inscribed).

I placed a cross adorned with poppies at Smacker’s unmarked grave July 2015, now long forgotten, and submitted an application to DVA asking for a Commonwealth War Graves Plaque, curbing and marble chip September 2020, and this was accepted October 2020.

STILL waiting for official commemoration of Mr Beale’s gravesite,  and I will post photos when completed.

Lest We Forget.