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Full Name: William Thomas Beck
Rank Last Held: Captain
Forename(s): William Thomas
Surname: Beck
War:
  • Regular Military Service
  • World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 15/12
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 7 May 1866
Place of Birth: Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
Religion: Church of England
First Known Rank: Honorary Captain
Occupation before Enlistment: Regular soldier
Next of Kin: Mrs E. Beck (wife), Defence Stores, Defence Department, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: Married
Enlistment Address: Defence Stores, Defence Department, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Main Body
Embarkation Unit: Headquarters
Embarkation Date: 16 October 1914
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 3
Vessel: Maunganui
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll: 45
Campaigns:
  • Gallipoli
  • Egypt
Military Awards:
  • Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
Award Circumstances: DSO: London Gazette, 8 November 1915. Citation: "For distinguished service in the field during the operations in the Dardanelles."
Discharge Date: 19 February 1916
Last Unit Served: Equipment & Ordnance Stores, Auckland Military District
Place of Death: Wellington, New Zealand
Date of Death: 15 January 1947
Age at Death: 82
Year of Death: 1947
Cemetery Name: Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand
Grave Reference: Section: SOLDIERS, Plot Number: 11 P/3
Biographical Notes:
  • Attested for the NZEF 21 August 1914 in Auckland whilst serving with the New Zealand Staff Corps in Auckland and aged 48
  • Confirmed as Captain 14 June 1915
  • Invalided to New Zealand on the Tahiti 20 November 1915
  • Struck off strength, NZEF 23 November 1915.
  • Service record has addresses as C/o Public WEorks Department, Apia, Samoa; Maungawhau Road, Auckland; and Union Street, Dunedin (September, 1927).
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, Medals Research.
  • Military Service Record
  • Cemetery Records. Wellington City Council. URL: http://www.wellington.govt.nz/services/cemeteries/search/search.php
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