Private Ernest Wills Beer

Service number 1913
Birth Date 1898-03-15
Birth Place Australia: Queensland, Mackay
Death Date 1915-08-09
Death Place Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Marmara, Gallipoli Peninsula
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 6th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Ernest Wills Beer (1913, 6th Battalion) was born 15 March 1898 in Mackay, Queensland. He was working as a butcher when he enlisted in March 1915. Ernest suffered gunshot wounds to both arms near Sniper’s Trench, Gallipoli on 6 August 1915. He was evacuated to the Hospital Ship “Delta”, but his wounds turned gangrene. Ernest died on 9 August 1915 and was buried at sea, aged 17 years 4 months. He is commemorated at the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli. Ernest’s cousin Lance Corporal Frederick Francis Dunn was awarded the Military Medal.



Date of birth 15 March 1898
Date of enlistment 02 March 1915
Date of embarkation 17 April 1915
Date of death 09 August 1915
Date of fate 09 August 1915