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Bertie BEARE

Regimental number4
Place of birthMoonta, South Australia
SchoolWallaroo Public & State Schools, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationShop assistant
AddressWallaroo Mines, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6.75"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Beare, Wallaroo Mines, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the 81st Bn, Senior Cadets, and 3 years in the 81st Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date15 June 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAfter repeated rejections was eventually successful in enlisting. An only son.
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Date of death20 July 1916
Age at death21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Kadina Memorial High School Roll of Honour, South Australia. Parents: Nicholas and Emily BEARE. Native of Moonta Mines, South Australia
Family/military connectionsCousins: 4 killed in the war.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, Outpost Road Head, 14 April 1916 (influenza); discharged to unit, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of enquiry, held in the field, 12 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, 20 July 1916).

Statement, 2993 Pte W. TAYLOR, 32nd Bn (patient, 2nd Southern General Hospital, Southmead, Bristol, England), 8 January 1917: 'My mate Brighton, George 2694, 32nd Battn. told me that he had seen Sergt Beare killed at Armentieres at 8.30 a.m. about July 20th/16. He stood up and had five shots rapid. He was then called to breakfast and said "I'll have just one more shot" when a bullet took him in the middle of his forehead.'

Note on Red Cross File No 300204: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEARE Bertie
Red Cross file 300204

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