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William Thomas Beck

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  • Service number
    15/12 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Captain AWMM
    Auckland Military District, Equipment & Ordnance Stores, AWMM
  • War
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Unknown photographer (1915). Capt. Beck D.S.O. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira PH-ALB-382-p13-1. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Beck AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    15/12 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    7 May 1866 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Regular soldier AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Defence Stores, Defence Department, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Beck (wife), Defence Stores, Defence Department, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 Oct 1914 Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaigns
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
      Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    15/12 AWMM
  • Military service
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Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: London Gazette, 8 November 1915. Citation: "For distinguished service in the field during the operations in the Dardanelles." AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal with oak leaf AWMM
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      London Gazette 08/11/1915 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 16 Oct 1914-3 December 1914 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 3 AWMM
    Vessel was Maunganui AWMM
    Honorary Captain AWMM
    Headquarters AWMM
    Main Body AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 19 February 1916 AWMM
    Captain AWMM
    Auckland Military District, Equipment & Ordnance Stores, AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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). AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    82 AWMM
  • Date of death
    15 January 1947 AWMM
  • Cause of death
  • Place of death
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Death notes
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Grave reference
    Section: SOLDIERS, Plot Number: 11 P/3 AWMM
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  • It is understood that Captain BECK had the honour of being the first New Zealand soldier to land on 25 April 1915, at Gallipoli, with a New Zealand unit, which was the NZ & A Division. John Meyers Director Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum 106 Wharf Street Maryborough
    Public - John - 14 June 2016
  • We wish to advise that the original medal group to Capt BECK, consisting of DSO, WWI trio w / MID is on display in the Gallipoli Room of the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum, Queensland, Australia. The museum represents 114 soldiers, primarily with their medals, for gallantry or conspicuous service during the Gallipoli campaign. John Meyers Director
    Public - John - 14 June 2016

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