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William Abraham (“Abe”) Beamish (1888-1965)

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“William Abraham (“Abe”) Beamish (1888-1965),” Wyndham History, accessed October 25, 2020, http://www.wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/2549.
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Title

William Abraham (“Abe”) Beamish (1888-1965)

Subject

Beamish, William Abraham (Abe)

Publisher

Wyndham City Libraries

Date

1916

Contributor

Bill Strong

Format

text

Language

eng

Type

Text

Biographical Text

No.7201  Private William Abraham Beamish
John Beamish married Ellen Louis Anderson at Sunbury in 1886.
Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 (1886/3690V)

They had the following children:

  • William Abraham Beamish - born 1887 at Werribee (1887/32834) (A.I.F. No.7201)
  • John Beamish - born 1892 at Werribee (1892/8883)
  • Anastasia Flor Beamish - born 1896 at Werribee (1896/31845)
  • Nellie Beamish - born 1899 at Werribee (1899/14554)
  • Nellie Louisa Beamish - born 1890 at Werribee (1890/8550)
  • Gordon Edgar Beamish - born 1901 at Werribee (1901/15274)

Pre War
William Abraham Beamish married Lottie (Charlotte) Cook at St Mary’s Church in Caulfield on 23 July 1913.  William the eldest son of Mr J. Beamish jnr. His brother, Mr J. Beamish was the groomsman.
Werribee Shire Banner, 4 September 1913, p.3.

The 1914 Electoral Roll for the following year then recorded Charlotte Beamish, of “Rockleigh”, Little River, as ‘home duties”. William Abraham Beamish was a farmer at Rockleigh, * Werribee.

In the subsequent 1915 & 1917 Electoral Rolls, they are both recorded as:

  • Charlotte Beamish, Rockleigh, Little River, home duties”, and
  • William Abraham Beamish, Rockleigh, Werribee, Farmer

War Service
At the age of 29 years, William Beamish embarked at Melbourne on HMAT A70, Ballarat, on 19 February 1917, with the 24th/25th Reinforcements for the 14th Infantry Battalion.
First World War Embarkation Rolls

His name appears on the First World War Nominal Roll as “No.7201, Pte, Beamish William Abraham, 14th Battalion, embarked 20/9/1916, R.T.A. 25/3/1919

There is no service record published on the National Archives of Australia web site for this soldier.

He returned to Australia 25 March 1919.
First World War Nominal Roll

Post War
The 1921 and 1922 Electoral Rolls show that Charlotte Beamish had moved. She was at Stawell Street, Werribee, performing home duties, while William Abraham Beamish was still a farmer at Rockleigh, at 111 Werribee St, Werribee.

The 1924 Electoral Roll still records Charlotte Beamish at Stawell Street, Werribee, but William Abraham Beamish was not in Werribee.

In the 1925 Electoral Roll, Charlotte Beamish had moved to 56 Carlingford Street, Elsternwick, performing “home duties”, and William Abraham Beamish was not with her.

William Abraham Beamish died in 1965, and was buried in the Werribee Cemetery. **

Medals and Entitlements:

  • Unknown

Notes

Name on the Werribee Shire Oak Board: “BEAMISH, W.”

Name on the Little River Honour Board: none

The name Beamish W. first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 15 February 1917, p.1.

* Rockleigh is now a Heritage Listed Victorian House at 111 Werribee Street, Werribee. It is recorded in the Heritage of the City of Wyndham, City of Wyndham Heritage Study of 1997, at page 398.[R994.52 HERI]

** Werribee Cemetery - http://home.vicnet.net.au/~wfhg/

Bibliography

Embarkation
https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/

Unit War Diary
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection

Death
ancestry.com.au

Service Record
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/

Marriage
ancestry.com.au
Pioneer Index 1837-1888 CD
Federation Index 1889-1901 CD
Edwardian Index 1902-1913 CD
Great War Index 1914-1920 CD
Marriage Index 1921-1942 CD

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