Wilfred Norman BEAVER


BEAVER, Wilfred Norman

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 May 1916, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, 11 May 1882
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Scotch College, Melbourne University, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Papuan Civil Servant
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 26 September 1917, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
XXIII Row C Grave 12
Memorials: Victorian Jewish War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 60th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
1 Aug 1916: Involvement 60th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
1 Aug 1916: Embarked 60th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Melbourne
1 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 60th Infantry Battalion, France
26 Sep 1917: Involvement Lieutenant, 60th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
26 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 60th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood, GSW to abdomen. Evacuated to 17th CCS situated at Lijssenthoek, where he died of his wounds later the same day.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

The death of Lieutenant Wilfred N. Beaver from wounds received in action has closed a promising career. Lieutenant Beaver, who was born in Melbourne, was educated at the Scotch College, and after commencing a law course at the University he joined the Commonwealth service, and was appointed a magistrate in Papua. He spent about twelve years  in that service, and during that time became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Articles written by him on Papuan life and customs were published in the "Argus." Two years ago he enlisted, and joined the 60th Battalion. Lieut. Beaver has established a record for himself in being the first British soldier to enter German territory. With his  troops, he entered German New Guinea—the first German colony captured by the British. Lieutenant Beaver is the grandson of Mr. Israel Bloomington, one of the founders of the  St. Kilda Synagogue. His mother resides in London.