Walter Beale

#17389, b. 1894

Individual's Timeline

Birth1894Walter Beale
Marriage1916Walter Beale1

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Walter was a coachsmith.
  • Religion: Walter was of the Presbyterian faith.

Military Career

Records show that Walter Beale served in the armed forces. He enlisted in February 1915 at the Broadmeadows army camp. He was 21 years old, 5 foot four inches and weighed 10 stone 10 pounds. His papers are incomplete but appear to show that he was overseas and returned to Australia in February 1916, medicially unfit with Trachoma.

On the same page there is a note to say he reinlisted in Adelaide in Feb 1918 as Walter BROOKS. He informed the army later that he was actually Walter BEALE. Under the name of BROOKS he arrived in London in May. He was in France in August 1918, and returned to Australia in July 1919. He was discharged in September.

In between the two terms of service above Walter reinlisted as BEALE in July 1917. On this form he admitted to having been discharged from the AIF as medically unfit. He said had been in the Field Engineers and served 203 days abroad. He was passed fit for service. He was only stationed within Australia and was again discharged in December 1917 as unfit.

His third term of duty, when he was using the name of rocks, he told by army he was born in New Zealand. He reverted to his real name on be all in June 1918 in England.2

Locus Operandi

Family of Walter Beale and Clara Elizabeth Pierpoint


  1. Victorian BDM on line, online, from the digger disc at LaTrobe Library marriage 5210.
  2. Website ( "army papers."