Harold Reeve BEECHEY


BEECHEY, Harold Reeve

Service Number: 200
Enlisted: 18 September 1914, Helena Vale, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Friesthorpe Rectory, Lincoln, England, 22 March 1891
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Grammar School, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, France, 10 April 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Memorials: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Helena Vale, Western Australia
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 200, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 200, 16th Infantry Battalion
10 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 200, 48th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 16th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Harold Reeve BEECHEY was born on 22nd March, 1891 at the Freisthorpe Rectory, Lincolnshire, England  where his father was a minister

His parents were (Rev) Prince William Thomas (Tom) BEECHEY and Amy REEVE

He enlisted in Sept. 1914 in Helena Vale, Western Australia as a Private with the 16th Battalio-n A Company - the unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Ceramic on 22nd December 1914. His last known rank was Lance Corporal with the 48th Australian Infantry Battalion

He was Killed in Action on 10th April, 1917  in France- no known grave but he is commemorated in the Australian National memorial in Villers Bretonneux, France and also the Australian War Memorial & a plaque in his memory (see following links)

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Lincolnshire/MarketRasenDeAstonSchool.html (www.roll-of-honour.com)

http://www.lincstothepast.com/exhibitions/the-beechey-boys-/harold-reeve-beechey/68.article (www.lincstothepast.com)

STORY about his brothers who were also killed in WW1

http://www.lincstothepast.com/exhibitions/the-beechey-boys-/harold-reeve-beechey/68.article (www.lincstothepast.com)

PHOTO of his plaque with Harold & his brothers names (church)

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16179792 (www.findagrave.com)

Harold received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal