John Gilbert Bass Beck

John-BeckName  John Gilbert Bass Beck

Number    Private 1796

Battalion      37th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Bass, South Gippsland

Next of Kin   His sister, Mrs. L A Beatty Newmarket Cambridgeshire

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 15/3/1916, gave his postal address as Poowong

Physical details   Age 38 years, 5’4”, 10 stone 7 pounds, blue eyes and dark hair.

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   Farmer

Date and place of death

He died of wounds in the field at Messines Ridge Belgium on 14/6/1917

Location of grave or memorial

He is buried in Strand Military Cemetery Ploegstreet Wood Belgium

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He enlisted in and was associated with Leongatha

 Military History

  • 15/3/1916 He enlisted in Leongatha
  • His postal address Poowong
  • His Next Of Kin was his sister Mrs. L A Beatty Newmarket Cambridgeshire
  • 16/8/1916 He left Melbourne on the RMS Orontes
  • 2/10/16 He arrived in Plymouth
  • 22/11/16 He went to France from Southampton and was in the 37th Battalion
  • 9/5/1916 He had influenza for 3 days
  • 14/6/17 He died in the field in Belgium
  • He was buried in Strand Military cemetery Ploegstreet Wood 2.25 miles SSW of Messines
  • A Mr. B Beck of Almurta School applied for his postal address.
  • His effects were an identity disc, silver pen knife, razor and 2 straps, 3 franc Wallet, wrist watch, protector, notebook and photo, a pipe bowl, brushes, a metal mirror, tie and belt
  • He had saved £1,554/5/6
  • In his will he left to his estate to his youngest sister Minnie, Mrs. N Turner of Sylfean Welshpool Montgomeryshire England. Minnie was the widow of Second Lieutenant Noel Turner

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