Irvine Samuel BECK

BECK, Irvine Samuel

Service Number: 6562
Enlisted: 28 July 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia , 22 December 1897
Home Town: Kadina, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: State School, Kadina, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 April 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kadina & District WW1 Roll of Honor, Kadina Town Hall WW1 & WW2 Roll of Honour, Kadina War Memorial Arch, Kentish Municipality Honour Roll Mural, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

28 Jul 1916: Enlisted
24 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, 6562, 27th Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Embarked Private, 6562, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
25 Apr 1918: Involvement Private, 6562, 50th Infantry Battalion

Grave site lost

His body was buried 500 yards south of the village of Villiers – Bretonneaux. However due to further heavy bombardment in the area after his body was buried, the War Graves unit were unable to recover his remains, and concluded that all traces of the grave were obliterated.
He is remembered with honour on the Villiers-Bretonneaux Memorial and on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial. Commemorated in perpetuity.

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