Frederick William BEECH

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BEECH, Frederick William

Service Number: 5343
Enlisted: 25 August 1915, He enlisted 25 August 1915 in 3rd Battalion, 17th Reinforcements, allocated to 55th Battalion 29 August 1915; transferred to Y5A Medium Trench Mortar Battery 29 September 1916; to 53rd Battalion 12 December 1916.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England.[birth record not found] , date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm labourer by trade.
Died: Accident, France, 12 September 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1915: Enlisted Australian Army, SN 5343, He enlisted 25 August 1915 in 3rd Battalion, 17th Reinforcements, allocated to 55th Battalion 29 August 1915; transferred to Y5A Medium Trench Mortar Battery 29 September 1916; to 53rd Battalion 12 December 1916.
14 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5343, 3rd Infantry Battalion
14 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5343, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
4 Jul 1918: Wounded Wounded at Hamel
12 Sep 1918: Involvement Private, SN 5343, 53rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 25 and the son of Mr A Beech, of 51 Bearton Road, Hitchin, Herts.

He is commemorated on the Hitchin memorial which is in the form of a Celtic cross on a pillar mounted on a plinth with three side walls, the front being open with small fence. There are 11 panels of names for the First World War, 356 names in total. The memorial was unveiled by Viscount Hampden on 6th August 1922, the memorial costing £1675 5s 10d at the time. The architect was Walter Millard and the builders Messrs. John Thompson & Sons. The land used was originally part of the churchyard but the non-conformists in the community did not want their dead remembered on Anglican Church property. The names for World War 2 are held in a Book of Remembrance within the parish church, this is referred to on the memorial, there are 162 names. Two Australian casualties of the Great War are commemorated on this memorial-the other being Sapper George Young Lewis.

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