Walter Cusack BEATTY

BEATTY, Walter Cusack

Service Numbers: 1504, 1604A
Enlisted: 25 January 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia, 12 January 1894
Home Town: West Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales
Schooling: Albermein Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Miner
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: New Zealand No.2 Outpost Cemetery
Sp. Mem. 3,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Maitland Church of England South Maitland District Parish Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

25 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1504, 13th Infantry Battalion, Liverpool, New South Wales
11 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1504, 13th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Seang Choon embarkation_ship_number: A49 public_note: ''
11 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1504, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Sydney
8 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1604A, 13th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 1604A awm_unit: 13 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1915-08-08

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery 
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

On the 8th August 1915, Private Walter Cusack Beatty, 13th Battalion (Reg No-1604A), miner (South or East Greta No. 1 Colliery, now known as Gillieston Heights), from Raymond Street, (Homeville) Telarah, New South Wales, Died of Wounds at Hill 971, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli Peninsula, Gallipoli Campaign, age 20 years 7 months. No cause of death details stated.

No Red Cross Wounded and Missing file.

Born at Braidwood, New South Wales on the 12th January 1895 as BATTY to Robert Cusack (died 25.11.1937, age 71) and Emily Beatty nee Outram (died 30.10.1946, age 73) of "Homeville", West Maitland, New South Wales and Abermain, N.S.W. and 14 Nevill Street, Mayfield, N.S.W. and Swansea, N.S.W.

Wounded in action - 7.8.1915 (no details given).

Walter is believed to be resting at New Zealand No 2 Outpost Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. Special Memorial 3.

In June 1922 Walter's father was advised that his grave had not been full registered but it was believed that his remains had been interred in New Zealand No. 2 Outpost Cemetery.

Mr. Beatty’s name has been inscribed on the West Maitland Soldiers' Memorial, Maitland and District Roll of Honor, South Maitland Church of England Parish & District Roll of Honour, Abermain Public School Honor Roll and Cessnock Shire Mural Tablet as W. C. Beattie.
Place of Association – West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia.

There is no memorial inscription on the gravesite plaque for the Beatty family to tell us of the loss of their son during The Great War, and I am unable to erect a Memorial cross, so I have placed poppies in remembrance of Walter’s service and supreme sacrifice for God, King & Country. BAPTIST-L SE. 9.

Older brother Frank (Francis) James (born 14.2.1893, Newcastle, N.S.W. as Francis J BEATTIE, South Greta miner, enlisted 2.9.1915, 5th Australian Field Artillery Brigade, Reg No-10122, RTA invalided 24.9.1916, discharged medically unfit 19.1.1917, died 1965, Burwood, N.S.W.) also served 1st A.I.F.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.



Walter Cusack BEATTY was born on 12th January, 1894 in Braidwood, NSW

His parents were Robert Cusack BEATTY and Emily OUTRIM

Walter had previous military service with the Cadets and in the 14th Infantry Regiment (CMF) in Maitland

He enlisted on 25th January 1915 with the Australian Army - he was with the 13th Battalion, 3rd reinforcements - Unit embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Seang Choon on 11th February, 1915

The 13th Battalion landed at Anzac Cove during the night of 25th April, 1915 and on the morning of 26th April went into action along the Anzac line being established on the ridge inland.  Up until August the unit was invovled in establishing and defending this front line.  On the night of 6-7th August during the opening stages of the August Offensive the 13th was one of the battalions sent well to the north of the old Anzac position to attempt a capture of the areas highest peak - Hill 971.  Private Beatty was wounded on 7th August and died the following day.  One of 13 men of his unit killed in heavy fighting on the approaches to Hill 971.  His personel file reveals his burial place as being a battlefield cemetery near the left bank of the Chailak Dere Valley, 182 metres from the beach and 3.2 kilometres north of Anzac Cove

In June 1922 Beattys father was advised that his grave had not been full registered but it was believed that his remains had been interred in New Zealand No. 2 Outpost Cemetery

Private Walter Cusack Beatty 13th Battalion, AIF, a native of Braidwood NSW died of wounds at Hill 971.

Sydney Morning Herald 17th September 1915


He died of wounds on 8th August 1915 - he was originallly buried at a battlefield cemetery near the left bank kf the Chailik Dere Valley  In June 1922 his father was advised that his grave had not been full registered but it was believed that his remains had been reinterred in New Zealand No. 2 Outpost Cemetery