Harold Egbert BEARE

BEARE, Harold Egbert

Service Number: 620
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 6th South Australian Imperial Bushmen
Born: Yatala, South Australia, Australia, 21 July 1884
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Boy Seaman
Died: Enteric Fever, Kroonstadt, South Africa, Kroonstad, South Africa, 9 April 1902, aged 17 years
Cemetery: Kroonstad Old Cemetery, Free State, South Africa
Memorials: Adelaide Boer War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, North Adelaide St Peter's Cathedral Boer War Honour Roll
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Boxer Rebellion (China) Service

6 Aug 1900: Involvement HMCS/HMAS Protector, Conflict / Operation: China, 1900-1901 (Boxer Uprising)
6 Aug 1900: Embarked HMCS/HMAS Protector, HMCS Protector

Boer War Service

10 Jan 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Trooper, 620, Sixth Imperial Contingent, South Australia
9 Apr 1902: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Trooper, 620, 6th South Australian Imperial Bushmen


Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA: 1869 - 1912) Saturday 26 April 1902

Tpr. Harold Beare, a youth of much promise, died in the Kroonstadt Hospital of enteric fever on the 9th inst, after serving with the Sixth South Australian I.B.C., under Gen. De Lisle, in all their engagements, with much credit to himself and South Australia. Tpr. Beare first joined the fife and drum band connected with the Naval Reserve, and paraded the streets at the send-off of the first contingent sent to the war by South Australia. When the Protector was ordered to China on active service he was one of the first to offer his services, and signed on as second-class boy, and while on service was promoted to ordinary sea man. He was not well pleased with his China experiences because, as he remarked, "We never had a fight." On the selection of the Sixth Contingent he presented himself in sailor uniform. He was proud of his appointment, and begged his parents not to stop him. He is spoken of as a loving son, possessed a great heart, and never neglected furnishing his home with his South African experiences. One of his officers wrote:—"You will be pleased to know that your son is a good man and a splendid soldier." Capt. Cornish also spoke very highly of him. He was a good rifle shot, and with so much ambition for naval or military work would, if spared, have made a name for himself. The deceased was a son of Senior-Constable Beare, a much respected officer of the police force.

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Harold Egbert Silverton BEARE was born on 21st July 1884 in Yatala, South Australia

His parents were John Shepherd BEARE and Mary Elizabeth NETHERTON

At 16 years of age Harold joined the crew  of the ship HMCS Protector  as a Boy Seaman,  (Her Majesties Colonial Ships)

HMCS Protector embarked on 6th August, 1900 to participate in the Boxer Uprising in China (1900-1901 ) and  he returned to Australia on 6th January, 1901

Harold then enlisted as a Trooper with the Sixth Imperial Contingent, South Australia (Colonial Military Forces) Boer War (South Africa 1899-1902)

He died on 9th April, 1902 of Enteric Fever in Kroonstad Hospital, South Africa

Buried in Kroonstad Old Cemetery, Kroonstad, Fezile Dabi District, Free State, South Africa

He is listed in St Peters Cathedral Boer War Memorial (monumentaustralia.org.au)in South Australia



BEARE - On the 9th April at Kroonstad Hospital, Trooper Harold Beare, dearly loved son of J & M Beare, Semaphore and nephew of Superintendant Beare, Cornwall Constabulary  A loving and courageous son who will be sorely  missed.  Devonshire & Cornwall papers please copy." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 19 Apr 1902 (nla.gov.au)