Joseph Lievesley BEESTON CMG, VD, MID

BEESTON, Joseph Lievesley

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 2 October 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Colonel
Last Unit: 4th Field Ambulance
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 19 September 1859
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Kings and Queens College of Physicians & Dublin Royal College of Surgeons
Occupation: Surgeon
Died: Died of Illness, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 8 March 1921, aged 61 years
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Section 17, Lot 63
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Newcastle Mayfield Masonic Lodge St George 78 Honour Roll, Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

2 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, Officer, Medical Officers, Sydney, New South Wales
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 4th Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '22' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Berrima embarkation_ship_number: A35 public_note: ''
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 4th Field Ambulance, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne
26 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 4th Field Ambulance, ANZAC / Gallipoli
15 Aug 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Colonel, 4th Field Ambulance
16 Feb 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Colonel, 4th Field Ambulance
8 Mar 1921: Involvement AIF WW1, Colonel, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: CMG VD awm_rank: Colonel awm_died_date: 1921-03-08

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was the son of traffic manager John Lievesley Beeston and Amelia Jane Denison. He received a local education before travelling to Ireland, where he studied at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. Around 1881 he married Anna Maria Read, with whom he had four children. He returned to New South Wales, practising in Newcastle as a surgeon in a number of partnerships and as honorary surgeon at Newcastle Hospital. In 1908 he was appointed to the New South Wales Legislative Council, where he generally supported the Liberals. In 1914 he enlisted in the AIF with the Field Ambulance, serving in Gallipoli. He achieved the rank of lieutenant-colonel, but was invalided after contracting malaria and returned to Australia in 1916. In 1915 he was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George; he also received the Volunteer Officers' Decoration



Joseph Lievesley Beeston was born on 19 Sep 1859 in Newcastle NSW.

His parents were John L. Beeston and Amelia J. Denison.

He was Lieutenant-Colonel in 4th Field Ambulance having joined on 29 Oct 1914

Joseph died on 08 Mar 1921 in Newcastle from illness and was buried in the Sandgate Cemtery, NSW


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
An Original Anzac who served during The Great War, resting at Sandgate Cemetery.

103 years ago today, on the Thursday afternoon of the 10th March 1921, Colonel Joseph Lievesley Beeston, 4th Australian Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical Corps (awards & decorations - M.D., M.L.C., C.M.G., V.D., M.I.D.), Medical Practitioner (Newcastle Hospital), from 'Allowah', Bolton Street, Newcastle, New South Wales, father of four, was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery with full military honours, age 61. ANGLICAN 1-17. 63.

No Roll of Honour circular submitted.

Born at Newcastle, New South Wales on the 19th September 1859 to John Lievesley, died 1.6.1873, Newcastle, N.S.W., age 42, and Amelia Jane Beeston nee Denison, died 24.12.1929, Newcastle, N.S.W., age 90; husband of Anna (Annie) Maria Beeston nee Read (married 1882, Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, died 3.3.1951, Wollstonecraft, N.S.W., age 94, sleeping here), Joseph enlisted on the 2nd October 1914 as a Lieutenant Colonel with the 4th Australian Field Ambulance at Sydney, N.S.W., age-55.

Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on board Transport A35 Berrima on the 22nd December 1914.

Admitted to hospital 23.9.1915 (enteritis), 11.10.1915 (diarrhoea & dysentery).

See Trove Link - report of a letter sent home from Driver William Ernest Whatley, 1st Australian Divisional Train, Reg No-287, an Original Anzac, buried or ashes interred at Sandgate Cemetery on the 16th August 1971, age 76 - ANGLICAN 1-81. 34, commenting on the tremendous work being done by Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Beeston.

See Trove link: report that Joseph has been invested by the King with the Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (C.M.G.) at Buckingham Palace.

Commenced return to Australia 12.12.1915.

Joseph arrived home invalided on the 29th January 1916, being discharged medically unfit (enteritis) on the 16th February 1916.

Mr. Beeston’s name has been inscribed on the Lambton and New Lambton Roll of Honor, New Lambton War Memorial Gates, Newcastle Surf Club & Life-Saving Brigade Honor Roll and the Mayfield Masonic Lodge St. George No-78. Roll of Honour.

I have placed poppies at the Beeston gravesite in remembrance of Joseph’s service and sacrifice for God, King & Country.

Service record states Died after Discharge.
Not officially commemorated.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

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Lest We Forget.