Raymond William BECKERLEG


BECKERLEG, Raymond William

Service Number: 1517
Enlisted: 4 December 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Creswick, Victoria, Australia, 1884
Home Town: Creswick, Hepburn, Victoria
Schooling: Creswick State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed In Action, France, 18 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Creswick Honor Roll, Creswick School Pictorial Roll of Honour, Creswick War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

4 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1517, 5th Infantry Battalion
19 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1517, 5th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
19 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1517, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Enlisted and served under alias Robert Beckerleg 

Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Private Raywood William Beckerleg, killed in action on the 18 August 1916, was the eldest son of William and Isabella Beckerleg, of Creswick, both deceased. He was at Gallipoli nearly the whole of the time the Australians were engaged there. He was 31 years of age. As a boy he worked for Mr Thomas Cushing, a draper in Ballarat, then went to New South Wales and afterwards to West Australia, returning to Victoria shortly before the war broke out, when he volunteered for service. A brother Allan Beckerleg received his medals and another sister, Miss Pearl Beckerleg, and aunt, Miss M. Ward, lived at Creswick. Apparently, the aunt raised the three children as a foster mother.

Some information extracted from the Ballarat Courier 23 September 1916.