Harold Mathieson BEIERS MC

BEIERS, Harold Mathieson

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 19 December 1914, Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maryborough, Qld., 17 March 1889
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Christian Brothers School Maryborough Qld.
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Penhurst Avenue, Neutral Bay, NSW, 28 February 1940, aged 50 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Campbell Australian War Memorial Officers of the 19th Battalion Pictorial Honour Roll, Maryborough City Hall Honour Roll, New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis), Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll, Orange Officers of the 19th Battalion Pictorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

19 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, Officer, 17th Infantry Battalion, Sydney, NSW
12 May 1915: Involvement Captain, 17th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Themistocles embarkation_ship_number: A32 public_note: ''
12 May 1915: Embarked Captain, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Mathias Beiers, Johns Lane, Maryborough, Queensland

The death occurred yesterday morning, in Sydney, of Colonel Harold Matthias Beiers, aged 51, at his home at Neutral Bay. The deceased was born in Maryborough and educated  in this city. He served his apprenticeship at Walkers Ltd. and subsequently took a position as draughtsman at the sulphide works in Sydney, later going to Cockatoo Island. In  1914, the late Col. Beiers enlisted as a lieutenant in the engineers. He was appointed captain and promoted to major at Gallipoli, where he was badly wounded. After his recovery  he was sent to France, and went through the whole period of the war on active service. He was mentioned in dispatches on five occasions, and was awarded the Military Medal.  The deceased was appointed lieutenant-colonel at the age of 28 years. After the signing of the Armistice, Colonel Beiers returned to Australia, where he was appointed managing  director of the Sydney banch of the George Craddock Wire Rope Works, Edinburgh. He was subsequently appointed managing director of Messrs. Orme Kegwin, wine and spirit  merchants. He was later elected general secretary of the Licenced Victuallers' Association in Sydney, which position he held at the time of his death. The late Col. Beiers is  survived by this wife and three sons. There are also four brothers - Messrs. Jock and Andrew (Brisbane), Richard (Jandowae) and Ralph A Beiers (Biggenden). 

Death Announced.
Lieutenant-Colonel H M Beiers a well known figure in the liquor trade died yester day at the age of 5O. Lieutenant-Colonel Beiers was born at Bundaberg and , and before the last  war was associated with englneering, for some years holding a managerial post at the Government dockyards, Newcastle. On the outbreak of war in 1914 he enlisted as a sapper  and later served in Egypt, Gallipoli and on the Somme, where as Lieutenant-Colonel he commanded the 19th Battalion. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in the field and several times was mentioned in despatches. He was affectionately known as "the old man" of the 19th. In 1926 Lieutenant-Colonel Beiers entered the liquor trade as  director of Orme, Keigwin, and Co Ltd. Three years later he was elected president of the Wine and Spirit Association of New South Wales and in 1931, was appointed secretary of the  association. He became general secretary of the Federated Wine and Spirit Merchants Association of Australia. In 1934 and held both positions until his death.