William Ralph BEECH

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BEECH, William Ralph

Service Number: 22470
Enlisted: 5 September 1938
Last Rank: Able Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Melville
Born: Sutherland, New South Wales, Australia, 14 July 1919
Home Town: Hurstville, Kogarah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Lost during sinking of HMAS Armidale, 1 December 1942, aged 23 years, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom Roll of Honour: Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, HMAS Armidale Memorial
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World War 2 Service

5 Sep 1938: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, SN 22470
5 Sep 1938: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, SN 22470, HMAS Cerberus (Shore)
7 May 1939: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, HMAS Canberra (I)
3 Sep 1939: Involvement Able Seaman, SN 22470
20 Jun 1940: Promoted Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, HMAS Canberra (I)
27 Aug 1941: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, HMAS Cerberus (Shore)
14 Oct 1941: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, HMAS Adelaide (I)
9 Feb 1942: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, HMAS Cerberus (Shore)
29 Apr 1942: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, HMAS Penguin (IV) 1939-1940/HMAS Brisbane 1940-1942/HMAS Moreton (I) 1942-1994 (Depot)
11 Jun 1942: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, HMAS Armidale (I)
1 Oct 1942: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, HMAS Melville, Transferred back to the HMAS Armidale (I) and killed in action on the 1st December 1942.

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