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Ferdinand BECK

Regimental number1028
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
SchoolBega District Public School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPostal assistant
AddressRocky Point Road, Kogarah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, A. Beck, Valley Street, Bega, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 33rd Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces, New South Wales.
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLSGT
Unit name1st Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 15 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death15 August 1915
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 12), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Augustus and Bridget Mary BECK, Valley Street, Bega, New South Wales. Native of Auburn, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 551 Pte Charles Augustus BECK, 1st Bn, returned to Australia, 7 November 1915; Cousins: 2003 Pte Harold BECK, Artillery Details, killed in action, 4 December 1916; 375 Pte James BECK, Artillery Details, accidentally killed, 29 March 1917; 7693 Pte James Aloysius BECK, 34th Bn, killed in action, 8 August 1918; Pte Frank BECK, died in Liverpool Camp, New South Wales; 2114 Pte Samuel BECK, 20th Bn, killed in action, 5 May 1916; 3463 Pte William Henry BECK, 2nd Bn, returned to Australia, 12 May 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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