James Begg (1883-Unknown)Subject
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SE26826 Private James Begg
Three young sons of local Werribee man, Andrew Begg, and his wife, Jane Begg, served with the British Army during the Great War (1914-1918).
The Begg family’s eldest son was Regimental No SE26826, Private James Begg (1883-Unknown), and he served with the A.V.C. (Army Veterinary Corps). His war service was included in a report published in the Werribee Shire Banner after his brother John Begg had been wounded. The item stated "Private Andrew Begg being in France, and James Begg in the veterinary corps when hostilities broke out, and were amongst the first to offer their services. They now, look upon Australia as their home, and are anxiously looking forward to the day when they will re-join their parents in this country".
Werribee Shire Banner, 21 June 1917, p.2.
Private James Begg’s entitlement to the Victory Medal and the British Service Medal are published in The (British) National Archives reference WO 372/2/78187
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It is not known if Private James Begg re-joined his parents in Australia after the war. He is listed as one of the surviving sons in the Death Notices for both of his parents.
Begg Family History
The 1891 Scotish Census records the Begg Family as living at 7 Houston St, Kinning Park Burgh, Lanarkshire. Members of the household were:
- Andrew Begg, 36 years, Head (1855-1949)
- Jane Logan Begg, 27 years, wife (1864-1941)
- James Begg, 8 years, son (1883-19??)
- Andrew Begg, 5 years, son (1886-19??)
- John, 3 years, son (1888-19??)
- Elizabeth Begg, 1 month, daughter (1891-19??)
When the Great War began in 1914, the three eldest boys were already in military service with the British Army. James Begg was 31 years old, Andrew was 28 years, and John was 26 years of age. Andrew and John had enlisted while they were teenagers. Werribee Shire Banner, 16 August 1917, p.2.
The boy’s father, Andrew Begg Senior, formerly of Scotland, sailed to Melbourne Australia from England in 1915. He travelled alone, and left his wife and family behind in the U.K.
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Andrew Begg Senior then appeared in the Victorian Electoral Roll of 1916 as “Begg, Andrew, Edgar Street, Werribee, Labourer”. He was living alone.
The boy’s mother, Mrs Jane Logan Begg, and the remaining children, sailed to Australia per the Osterley, on 28 July 1916. The family on the ship's passenger list comprised:
- Begg, Jeanie L, Housewife, 39 years, from England
- Begg, Elizabeth, 14 years, from Scotland
- Begg, Hugh, 8 years, from Scotland
- Begg, George, 6 years, from Scotland
- Begg, Alexander, 3 years, from Scotland
- Begg, John L, 12 years, from Scotland
- Begg, Peter, 10 years, from Scotland
In 1919, the Begg family moved to Duncan's Road in Werribee, and Andrew Begg Senior was working as a labourer.
The Electoral Roll between 1921 and 1924 records Andrew Begg Senior and his wife at Duncan’s Road. There is also a John Begg, General Labour, at Synott Street Werribee, who appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1921. It is possible this is one of the sons who fought in the Great War.
The Electoral Rolls for 1924 record Andrew Begg Senior still living at Duncan’s Road Werribee, and Andrew Begg Junior, Labourer, living at Synnot Street, Werribee. It is possible this is one of the sons who fought in the Great War.
In 1924, a Mr Andrew Begg (unclear if it is Senior or Junior), advertised that he will commence delivering milk in Werribee. The milk will come from the farm of Mr G Walls.
Werribee Shire Banner, 24 April 1924, p.2.
He traded under the name “Meadow Dairy”
Werribee Shire Banner, 30 October 1924, p.2.
Andrew Begg (unclear if it is Senior or Junior) advertised that he had sold his milk round to Mr C. Taylor in 1928.
Werribee Shire Banner, 26 July 1928, p.7.
Mrs Jane Logan Begg (his mother) died at Ivanhoe on 10 October 1941, and was buried in the Werribee Cemetery. Aged 68 years. Her death notice recorded her family:
The dearly beloved wife of Andrew Begg and loved mother of James, William (deceased), Andrew, John, Robert (deceased), Elizabeth (Mrs. J. MacAllister), Johan, Peter, Hugh, George, Alexander, Jean (deceased), William (deceased), late of Glasgow, Scotland. Peace, perfect peace.
The Age, 11 October 1941, p.1.
Mr Andrew Begg Senior died at Heidelberg on 6 June 1949, and was also buried in the Werribee Cemetery. His death notices recorded his family:
The loving husband of the late Mrs Jane Begg, formerly of Ivanhoe, and dearly loved father of James, Andrew, John, Elizabeth (Mrs. McAllister), Johan (Mrs. Ash), Peter, Hugh, George, and Alex.
The Argus, 7 June 1949, p.14.
The Age, 7 June 1949, p.2.
A funeral notice was also published.
The Age, 7 June 1949, p.7.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
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