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William Thomas Beck

Portrait of Captain William Beck, Archives New Zealand,AALZ 25044 2 / F1027 41. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Captain William Beck, Archives New Zealand,AALZ 25044 2 / F1027 41. Image is subject to …


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

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 May 1866 AWMM CastlemaineVictoria AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Defence Stores, Defence Department, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs E. Beck (wife), Defence Stores, Defence Department, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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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


About death

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  • Death
    15 January 1947 AWMM
    Age 82 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM 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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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, N.Z.: Medals Research. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 45 AWMM
    • Preston, N. J. (1914-1915) Gallipoli Album. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-ALB-382. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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08 June 2016RobertAustraliaOther
10 October 2015AllanRotoruaResearcher

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