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Regimental number1582
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
SchoolCharles Street State School, Launceston, Tasmania
Other trainingTechnical School
AddressSouth Esk Road, Trevallyn, Launceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Wm. Bearup, South Esk Road, Trevallyn, Launceston, Tasmania
Previous military serviceEnlisted as a signaller in the 92nd Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces, Launceston, 30 April 1912; received his commission on 7 May 1914. When Australia called for volunteers for the first contingent he tried three times unsuccessfully to enlist - he failed to draw the chest measurement by one inch - but got through on 5 January 1915. He resigned his commission and enlisted as a private in the 12th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement. These lines were found in his pocketbook in 1913: "Australia gives us freedom/ Let us guard her well, true/ For her sake in peace I die/ For her if need be in war." (information from father)
Enlistment date8 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
FateKilled in Action 14 September 1917
Place of death or woundingChatham Junction, near Ypres, Belgium
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialBelgian Battery Corner Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 5), Ypres, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Amy BEARUP, South Esk Road, Launceston, Tasmania

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