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William BEWS

Regimental number493
Place of birthKincardine O'Neil Parish School, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Other NamesBEWS, Williams
BEWS, Williams
SchoolPublic School, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Address'Torphine', Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Jessie Bews, 'Torphine,' Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 January 1917
Place of death or woundingnr Combles, France
Date of death19 January 1917
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialA.I.F. Burial Ground (Plot I, Row D, Grave No. 3), Grass Lane, Flers, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Mrs BEWS, Torphins, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Native of Gallowcairn, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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