BEEDELL, William
(Service number 70924)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 20 May 1879 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 11 October 1917 Age 38 years
Address at Enlistment Opihi, Pleasant Point
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs G. A. BLACKMORE (sister), Opihi, Pleasant Point
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 37th Reinforcements, A Company
Date 9 May 1918
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
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Date 26 July 1965 Age 86 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Pleasant Point Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 22, Plot 104
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Beedell was born on 20 May 1879 at Timaru, the only son of William and Mary (née Cheldon) Beedell. Like his sisters he was baptised at St Alban’s, Pleasant Point. In June 1886 Mrs Beedell advertised for a governess to teach young children English and music. William and his sisters spent time at Pleasant Point School from January 1890 till May 1891, when Arabella (Bella) was noted as going to Opihi Scholl. Did the others also go there? His mother died on 8 October 1902, her funeral leaving the residence at Opihi for the Pleasant oint Cemetery. His father died on 28 June 1908 at Timaru and was buried at Pleasant. His eldest sister, Arabella Jane, married at St Albans Anglican Church, Pleasant Point, where Mr Beedell was a vestryman, on 19 December 1900. The family was then living at Opihi. His youngest sister, Mary Agnes, died at Talbot Hospital, Timaru, in December 1908 and was buried at Pleasant Point. And the middle sister married Francis George Blackmore in 1917. She was next-of-kin for William junior when he enlisted on 11 October 1917 at Timaru.

Private William Beedell embarked with the 37th Reinforcements for Liverpool, England, on 9 May 1918 by the “Maunganui”. W. Beedell, of Pleasant Point, was one of more than 800 men who returned to New Zealand by the “Port Hacking” in August 1919.

William Beedell died on 26 July 1965, aged 86 years, and was interred at Pleasant Point Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [24 May 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [24 May 2021]; Pleasant Point Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [24 May 2021]; Timaru Herald, 11 August 1919 (Papers Past) [06 September 2014]

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