William BEWS


BEWS, William

Service Number: 493
Enlisted: 13 July 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Gallowcairn, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, July 1888
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Torphins Public School, Aberdeenshire
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 January 1917
Cemetery: AIF Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers
Plot 1 Row D Grave 3.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

13 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 493, Brisbane, Queensland
9 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 493, 31st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 493, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
19 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 493, 31st Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

There are five Australian soldier casualties of the Great War honoured on this memorial and also a Pilot Officer of the Royal Australian Air Force  who died in WWII.

The others are:

Trooper JOHN WILLIAM  GAVIN, 1385 Australian Expeditionary Force, 9th Light Horse 

Private GEORGE GORDON, 1683 50th Bn Australian Infantry.

Lt Col JOHN ALEXANDER MILNE,  DSO 36th Bn Australian Expeditionary Force  

L/cpl JOHN THOMSON,  1273 Australian Army Medical Corps 15th Field Ambulance 

Pilot Officer WILLIAM GEORGE CRUICKSHANK, Royal Australian Air Force 

Kincardine O'Neil - Kincardine & Deeside District 
UKNIWM Ref No. 5854 

The people of Torphins decided to build a memorial hospital and it was named the Kincardine O'Neil Memorial Hospital. It is therefore possible that the names listed on this Kincardine O'Neil memorial are the same as those listed on the Torphins monument.

The Kincardine O'Neil war memorial is a rustic granite pillar with a pinkish hue set on a pedestal with an inverted sword carved in shallow relief on the face of the pillar. The pedestal is set into a rough cairn of tumbled boulders. The commemoration and names of the dead are listed on dressed granite tablets set into the face of the pedestal. 
The monument stands in gardens by the roadside of the A93 in the village.

Enlisted Brisbane, Queensland.

He was 28 and the 3rd son of Mrs Bews, Torphins, Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeen Daily Journal Roll of Honour: 8-2-17:
Son of David Bews, North Footie, Torphins.
1891 Census: 2/10/41 Gallowcairn: Age 2.
1901 Census: 6/10/41 North Footie: Mother Jessie Bews.
1918-19 Voter’s Roll: David Bews, Farmer, North Footie, Kincardine O’Neil.


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

William went to Australia in 1911 and settled in Queensland, where he took up agricultural work.  He volunteered for Imperial Service and joined the 31st Battalion AIF in July 1915, went to Egypt in November and served in France and Flanders from May 1916.  He was wounded in July and invalided to England and returned to France in November.  He was killed in action 19 January 1917 and buried behind the line where he fell.