Clarence Pearce (Clarrie) BEWS

BEWS, Clarence Pearce

Service Number: 4084
Enlisted: 10 September 1915, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Baroota, South Australia, 25 September 1897
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Not known
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, 27 June 1971, aged 73 years
Cemetery: Toronto Cemetery
Plot 4, RC (Old) Row D
Memorials: Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

10 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4084, Toowoomba, Queensland
28 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4084, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Commonwealth embarkation_ship_number: A73 public_note: ''
28 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4084, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Brisbane
23 May 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 4084, 25th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Son of John BEWS and Eliza Annie nee MUDGE

Clarence Pearce Bews was born in Baroota on 25th September 1897, although he stated on his application to join that he was born in Port Pirie .  

“Clarrie” as he was known enlisted in the AIF on 10th September 1915 at Toowoomba Queensland.  At the time he was 18 years old was 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 140 pounds.  His complexion was fair with bluish eyes and brown hair.  His Religious Denomination was listed as Presbyterian.  It wasn’t until six months later, on 28th March 1916, he embarked overseas from Alexandria to Marseilles France arriving on 5th June 1916.  Almost two months later on 2nd August 1916 Private Clarence Pearce Bews was taken on strength in the 10/25th Battalion.  Eight days later Clarrie received a gunshot would to the spine and was listed as wounded severely.  From here he was transported back to England to St. Olbans Hospital recuperating until 29th October 1916.  He was then granted 3 days furlough until 3rd November and was then assigned to No. 2 Comm. Depot at Weymouth.  From here Clarrie was returned to Australia on 13th February 1917 from Plymouth aboard H.T. Ulysses and discharged from the army on 23rd May 1917.  Clarrie was awarded the British War Medal no 1255 and the Victory Medal no 12391 

Clarrie then  lived in Toronto NSW and married Josephine Caroline CARROLL on 30th August 1920 in Queensland

They had a son Nevelle born 4.10.1923.  Clarrie passed away on 27th June, 1971 in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, his wife had pre-deceased him in 1969 He is buried in Toronto Cemetery

His brother 17586 William Herbert BEWS (/explore/people/199468) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1919