Cyril Hurst BECK

BECK, Cyril Hurst

Service Number: 2379
Enlisted: 26 April 1915
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wangaratta, Victoria, 1889
Home Town: Essendon, Moonee Valley, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 7 August 1916
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.2 Beaumont Hamel, France
Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

26 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
24 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 2379, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Battle for Pozières
24 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 2379, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Kanowna, Adelaide
7 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 2379, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Westminster School

Cyril Hurst Beck was born in 1889 in Wangaratta, Victoria.  Son of Matthew Henry Beck, of 9, Ardoch St., Essendon, Victoria, and the late Lilian Alice Beck.  Before going to war, Beck undertook the occupation of a carpenter. He was involved in the 16th Australian Infantry Battalion that began on the 16th of September, 1914. There is not a known reason why Beck embarked in fighting in this war however, it may have been because the South Australian and Western Australian recruits were training in Victoria (Beck’s birth and hometown).  This may have influenced his decision on wanting to fight for Australia.  Beck would have defended the ANZAC beachhead with other soldiers, until they got lost through rough terrain.  The 16th Australian Infantry Battalion then split and was provided more soldiers for the 48th Battalion.  In June 1916, he sailed to France and the Western Front. Unfortunately Beck’s adventure ended here as he was killed in action on the 7th of August, 1916 in France. His grave stone is now located at Serre Road No 2 Cemetery, France.