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, Mayfield Masonic Lodge St George 78, Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

2 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Officer, Medical Officers, Sydney, New South Wales
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 4th Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
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

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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