Topic: Charles William Beazley
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.
- Online Ceontaph record for Charles Beazley. Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Military personnel file for Charles Beazley. Archives New Zealand (Archway)
- MARRIAGES. Press, Volume XLI, Issue 6026, 8 January 1885
- GOLDEN WEDDING. Press, Volume LXXI, Issue 21376, 19 January 1935
- ROLL OF HONOUR. Otago Daily Times, Issue 17428, 24 September 1918
- For the Empire's Cause. In Memoriam. Otago Daily Times, Issue 17725, 9 September 1919