Alfred Kingston "Guy Roland" BEVERLEY

Badge Number: 130741, Sub Branch: Blackwood

BEVERLEY, Alfred Kingston "Guy Roland"

Service Number: 6392
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd Field Company Engineers
Born: Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England , 29 September 1886
Home Town: Blackwood, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Died: Death attributed to war service, Repatriation Hospital, Keswick, Adelaide, South Australia, 8 August 1939, aged 52 years
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide
Section: LO, Road: 6S, Site No: 37
Memorials: Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

20 Mar 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 6392, 3rd Field Company Engineers
20 Mar 1916: Embarked Sapper, SN 6392, 3rd Field Company Engineers, HMAT Armadale, Sydney
17 May 1918: Discharged Australian Army, Sapper, SN 6392, 2nd Field Company Engineers

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Biography contributed by Trinity College

Alfred Guy Roland Beverley was born on the 29th September, 1886 in Peterborough, England. Before migrating to South Australia, Alfred was in training to become a priest in the Church Of England. However, he was never ordained.

He lived in Blanchetown at the time of enlistment, 16 December 1915. On enlistment, he was a Sapper in the 3rd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 15.

Beverley served 2 years and 163 days (of which 1 year 329 days was abroad) in World War One.

Returning to Australia on 12 February 1918, Beverley later married a lady named Pearl and had a daughter, Peggy, and son, Roland. The house he built in Blackwood was the first house in the area to be wired to electricity, a task he completed himself.

Alfred never attended an ANZAC parade in Adelaide as his daugther was against was, and would frequently state that there is no glory in war.

Following involvement in the war, Beverley would stay in the Flinders Ranges with other Veterans for recuperation. Beverley refused the war pension as a Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Returned Soldier (TPI).

In the late 1920s and 1930s, Beverley became a member of the Blackwood School Council. Following his death, a clock was deicated within the school for the memory of his positive effect on the school.

In the war, Alfred's Regiment was gassed, leading to his death at the age of 59. His daughter also attributred his early death to his workaholic nature.

Little is known about his personal experiences and thoughts about the war, as it was a taboo subject within his household.