Albert Edward BEATTIE

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BEATTIE, Albert Edward

Service Number: 5424
Enlisted: 2 February 1916, Dubbo, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 20th Infantry Battalion
Born: Tumut, New South Wales, December 1889
Home Town: Tumut, Tumut Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Wellington Public School
Occupation: Teacher
Died: Killed in Action, Bapaume, France, 25 March 1917
Cemetery: Canadian Cemetery No.2, Neuville-St. Vaast
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers KIA Honour Roll, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers Who Served Abroard Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5424, Dubbo, New South Wales
22 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5424, 20th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5424, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Sydney
25 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5424, 20th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...5424 Acting Corporal Albert Edward Beattie taken aboard A18 troopship to England. A teacher from Tumut, NSW, Beattie embarked with the 20th Battalion, 14 Reinforcements on 22 August 1916 aboard HMAT Wiltshire (A18). An A/Cpl whilst on the journey overseas, Beattie reverted to his enlistment rank of Private (Pte) upon arrival at Plymouth, England. In early 1917 Pte Beattie was detailed for clerical work at the Town Hall in Bapaume, France, where the 20th Battalion was billeted. On 25 March 1917 the Town Hall was destroyed by a delayed German mine, killing Pte Beattie and the other occupants. Pte Beattie was 27 years old." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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