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Charles Basil Beeson

Full length portrait of Lance - Corporal Charles Basil Beeson Reg No 26535 of the 8th Reinforcements to the 4th Battalion - H Company, New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Killed in action in France 8 Sep 1918. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1916). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-B1853. No known copyright.

Full length portrait of Lance - Corporal Charles Basil Beeson Reg No 26535 of the 8th Reinforcements …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Basil AWMM
  • Surname
    Beeson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bungee Beeson AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 26535 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1886 AWMM Te ArohaWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 19 September 1916 AWMM Matamata, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Anna Beeson (mother), Clonbern Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 23 September 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 26535 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    School teacher/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Remarks, Unknown Period AWMM
      Had varicose veins operated on so that he could enlist, also had a hernia AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Charles Beeson was the son of Robert and Joanna Beeson, of Te Aroha, New: Zealand.

    Some H Company sailed on the Devon

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland).

    Matamata Historical Society has a Christmas Card he sent in 1917 to Okaura school (the school he taught in) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    8 September 1918 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    HavrincourtFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Nord, France AWMM 5: E, Grave 7 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • St. Aidans Church, 5 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, Auckland 1050 AWMM

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