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Born in Ballarat, Grenville, Victoria and a Boilermaker by trade, Francis Walter Roy Beecham was 22 years and single when enlisted on the 9th of July 1915 in the 2nd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 14, Australian Imperial Force, Number 5626. His Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 'Runic' on the 20th of January 1916. Admitted sick to Hospital France on the on the 25th of July 1916 and 18th of January 1917. Admitted severely sick to Hospital for Hernia on the 8th of March 1917. Private admitted on H.S. Brighton for England at Calais – Ventral Hernia on the 13th of March 1917. Private proceeded overseas via Southampton France on the 11th of October 1917. Embarked return to Australia per 'Beltana' ex England on the 2nd of June 1919. Disembarked on the 17th of July 1919. Discharged from the 3rd Military District on the 10th of September 1919 with the termination of period of Enlistment. Tree No.873