John Rolf Beckhaus
† Beckhaus, Private John Rolf (Roy) no.3694 3rd Battalion 12th Reinforcements
Clyde Street, Croydon Park.
Bom 1895 at Croydon Park, son of John and Teresa Beckhaus.
Lived at Canterbury, educated Burwood Public School.
Next of kin, father, J. Beckhaus, Clyde Street, Croydon Park.
Second name given as Roy.
Casualty list DT 18/7/1916 Ill
Killed in action 6/5/1917 at Bullecourt, France, aged 22 yrs 5 months.
Memorial: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial AWM file IDRL428 Letters to the British Red Cross re Australian servicemen:
Private A.E. Broom no.3026 No. 11 Convalescent Camp, Buchy, near Rouen, 11/8/1917: I was right alongside of him when he was killed in the front line trench at Bullecourt about the date named (6/5/1917). We had taken the trench over after its capture and a counter attack was in progress on our right while the enemy were shelling our own sector. A shell burst in front of the trench and Beckhaus got it all over him. He lived for about twenty minutes and was conscious most of the time; as he told the man who came to bind him up that it was useless troubling as he knew he was done for. I was there when he died He was tall, fairly thick set, dark, aged about 23. He looked young but tall and big.
Private T.F. Webber no. 5755 No. 11 Convalescent Camp, Buchy, 19/10/1917: He was wounded in the chest by a shell splinter on the afternoon of 6/5/1917. He was buried in the trench.
Private E. Whiting no.3941 3rd Battalion, No.4 AGH, Randwick: I went away with Beckhaus in the SS Medic on 7th January 1916. He was about 6 feet in height, dark, clean-shaven. He came from Sydney. I knew him well. I went over to France with him. I was with him on 6th May 1917, at Bullecourt. We were in the trenches, a shell came over and killed him at once. He was a fine soldier, a goodfellow in every way.
Beckhaus, John R.
Australian War Memorial page available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1650908/ (accessed 24/06/2016)
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