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Charles William Beazley (Service no. 8/2534) was a First World War soldier with links to Heathcote

Charles William Dixon Beazley was born on 19 September 1888 in the Heathcote Valley. He was the eldest son of Charles Edwin Beazley and Catherine Stewart Beazley (nee Dixon). Catherine was the daughter of Hans Dixon, a farmer in the Heathcote Valley, while Charles Edwin's family had come from Lyttelton.

Charles had been educated at Heathcote and Richmond Schools. The family had lived in both Richmond and Linwood before moving to Dunedin, Otago, sometime between 1905 and 1911.

Charles enlisted on 9 April 1915 and was appointed to the 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment. He embarked with the 6th Reinforcements for overseas service on  the 14th  August 1915 aboard the Willochra.

In his service file his last New Zealand address was 15 Kilgour Street, Roslyn, Dunedin, and his occupation was recorded as a labourer.  He was described as being 5 foot, 6 1/2 inches with blue eyes and brown hair.

Charles diied of wounds received on 9th September 1918. He was buried at Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

He is remembered on the Heathcote War Memorial.

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Charles William Beazley

First Names:Charles William Dixon
Last Name:Beazley
Place of Birth:Heathcote Valley, Christchurch