William Christian Beeken
Lieutenant William Christian Beeken, by [James Charles] Cruden, PXA 1011 / 40

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First name: William

Middle name: Christian

Last name: Beeken

Personal information:

Lieutenant William Christian Beeken, was born 1st May 1889. The 25 year old from Bexley enlisted on 3 September 1914 and was allotted to the 3rd Battalion F Company. The Company embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914. Beeken was wounded in action on 7 May 1915 and subsequently killed in action, 6 August 1915.

Ward diary, 6 October 1914 - 28 July 1915
Diary of Eric Harford Ward

More than just this dairy (which is incredibly moving), it's the stories you piece together by reading other material in our collection. While on duty, Eric Ward wrote several letters to his home town paper The Bathurst TimesYou can even get a small glimpse of his life after the war with mention of a wedding. These documents are like pieces of a puzzle that together show a picture of a man who went to war and, thankfully, returned home.

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