Vincent Webster Beverley
† Beverley, Private Vincent Webster (Titch) no.7580 2nd Battalion
Greenacre Road, Punchbowl.
Native place: Beverley, York, England.
Enlisted at Punchbowl 23/4/1917.
Casualty list SMH 13/6/1918.
Killed in Action.
Killed in action near Meteren 8/5/1918.
Buried at Borre British Cemetery, grave I.C. 1. Information from friend, Miss D. Marrin.
AWM File EDRL428 Box 36 Letters to British Red Cross re servicemen Private A A. Crichton no.7227 2nd Australian Transport, Australian Convalescent Depot, Rouelles:
Beverley I knew well, he was a Yorkshireman and very short and nuggetty ...On the 8th May we were at Nauclous Camp at Borre (on the Railway). About 4am Fritz had been shelling and a shell hit the comer of the hut killing Beverley and three others outright. I was coming down towards the hut and was a few yards away. I helped take over the bodies and they were buried at Borre Cemetery.
Corporal Stanford no.713 2nd Battalion C Company 8/7/1918:
...he was very short, nicknamed ‘Titch’’, dark,very popular, looked upon as a mascot.
Lieutenant W.H. Mitchell 2nd Battalion:
... he was a very well educated man, a batman, very small, fair, very good wrestler.
Private E.R Wright no.7088 2nd Battalion C Company X Platoon, No. 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne:
I knew him well before the war in Maitland NSW He was short, about 5 ft, stout, aged about 23 and unmarried He was in A Company ...We were at Meteren in the line, early in May, but Beverley had been left behind with the nucleus Battalion. When we returned after being a fortnight in the line our company got into billets near Hazebrouck, and we heard there that Beverley had been killed by a shell which fell on his hut at night. I saw his cross ready with his name and number but I do not know for certain where he was buried, though I think it would be near his hut, which was in an open field about two miles from Caestre, the nearest village to it. There was no military cemetery nearby.
Private C.H. Hellier, No.7 Convalescent Camp, Boulogne:
... Beverley was English, went to Australia and joined up at Sydney; came over in February 1918. Sailor, single, not wounded before. Little, very short legs.
Private F.S. Hove no.6026 2nd Battalion C Company X Platoon, No.7 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne:
We had come out of Strazeele four or five days before and were in billets in reserve at Borre and were being shelled intermittently by the enemy. There were about 30 of us sleeping in a hut including Beverley who was an officer's batman and had come down to sleep as his officer was away. Beverley’s bed was no. 1 and mine was no. 2. A shell lobbed right over my bed but blew out the back of his head He never even groaned This was about 4 o’clock. It was a 4.2 shell and spread the whole of the hut. It killed five men outright and five have died since, the rest were wounded - only two or three including myself escaped injury. He came out with the 25th Reinforcements. We called him 'Tich ”. He was short and nuggety, clean shaven, 5ft 4in height and young. He was a fine billiard player. The grave is about 50 yards from the church at Borre and a Padre conducted the burial service. We were both attached to Headquarters at the time.
Monument, The Broadway, Punchbowl Anzac Memorial.
Killed in Action 4/4/1918.
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1812722/ (accessed 8 July 2016)
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002