The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Beard
First Name:
William Herbert
Nick Name:
Bill
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7883
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
13.08.1940
DOB:
25.06.1911
Place of Birth:
Subiaco, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Henry William Beard
Mothers's Name:
Florence Eva Beard
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Linesman
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 34.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'B' Force Borneo
POW#:
470
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan No. 2 Camp
Date of Death:
10.07.1945

General Description

BEARD, Private, WILLIAM HERBERT, WX7883, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 10 July 1945. Age 34. Son of Henry William and Florence Beard, of Worsley, Western Australia. Panel 18.                                                       Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.

Beard Bill

Beard West Australian (Perth, WA _ 1879 - 1954), Saturday 3 November 1945, page 1 (1)

BEARD

 

Beard Bill

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The above notice was from Jim Goldie’s family.  Jim Goldie died on 4 June 1945 on Sandakan-Ranau march.    Don Manning died Kuii Camp, Burma- Thai Railway October 1943 of Avitaminosis at the age of 28 years.

The three men, Goldie, Beard and Manning enlisted in 1940 and were in ‘C’ Coy.  Beard and Goldie were in No. 12 Platoon and Manning was in No. 10 Platoon.

Kevin was working at Worsley before enlisting with the AIF.  He like so many young men, had little opportunity to meet prospective wives, and as the eldest, worked hard to probably assist their family.

Bill’s name is included on the WW2 War Memorial at Collie.

    Mrs June Edwards (93 years) attends the 2018 Sandakan Service, Boyup Brook.  June was just a young girl when her eldest and beloved brother Bill Beard left WA.  Bill perished at Sandakan along with his close mate Jim Goldie.  June tearfully recalls home visits by Bill and Jim and other friends.

June continues her membership with the 2/4th MGB ex-Members Assoc.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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