Topic: Frederick Barnabas Beach (1889-1919)

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Mount Maunganui boiler erector Frederick Barnabas Beach enlisted to fight during World War I on 20 May 1918. He died of heart failure following influenza whilst in training at Trentham Military Camp on 10 January 1919, another victim of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Story by Debbie McCauley.

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Frederick Barnabas Beach was born in Onehunga, Auckland, on 11 June 1889 (reg. 1889/7772). His parents were Frederick John and Elizabeth Ann Beach (nee Broe) who married in New Zealand in 1885 (reg. 1885/1048).

Frederick's mother Elizabeth died, aged 38, on 14 January 1898 (reg. 1898/96). She was buried in Symonds Street Cemetery in Auckland. In 1899 his father remarried to Mary Jane Maude Fitts (reg. 1899/162).

Frederick worked as a boiler erector at Mount Maunganui.

In 1913 Frederick married Maud Anna Butler (reg. 1913/6399). They had one child together:

  1. Frederick John Beach (1914-2007). Born on 9 January 1914 (reg. 1914/9967). John died in 2007 (reg. 2007/26546).

Frederick was also a singer, entertainer and backsmith.

On 20 May 1918 Frederick enlisted at Hamilton to fight during World War I (Service No. 90402). He was still in training at Trentham when he contracted influenza during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.

Corporal Frederick Barnabas Beach died of heart failure following influenza at Trentham Military Hospital in Upper Hutt, Wellington on 10 January 1919. He was aged 29.

Frederick was buried in the Hamilton East Cemetery on 13 January 1919.

Frederick B Beach (1889-1919)

Details for Frederick's parents from the Auckland City Council Cemetery Records - Symonds Street are as follows: 

According to the late 1950's tombstone transcriptions. Frederick John Beach died 2 December 1921 (reg. 1920/4954) aged 52 years, Elizabeth Ann Beach (his wife) died 14 January 1898 aged 38 years and Willie Beach (their child) died aged 3 months. The Catholic register has William John Beach died 12 March 1886 aged 2 months. The New Zealand Herald of 4/12/1920 has Frederick John Beach died 2 December 1920 aged 60 years, husband of Maude Beach, and buried 4 December 1920 in Symonds Street Cemetery.


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland City Libraries: Symonds Street and St Stephens.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Hamilton East Cemetery Records Online.

New Zealand Herald (14 January 1919, p. 1)


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Frederick Barnabas Beach (1889-1919)

Note:Service Number: 90402
First Names:Frederick Barnabas
Last Name:Beach
Date of Birth:12 June 1889
Place of Birth:Onehunga, Auckland
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:10 January 1919
Place of death:Trentham Military Hospital
Place of burial:Hamilton East Cemetery
Occupation:boiler erector and blacksmith
Spouses name:Maud Anna Butler
Spouses date of birth:1892
Date of marriage:1913
Fathers name:Frederick John Beach
Fathers date of birth:17 July 1860
Fathers place of birth:Shoreditch, London, England
Fathers date of death:2 December 1920
Fathers place of death:Pukenui, Houhora, New Zealand
Mothers name:Elizabeth Ann Broe
Mothers date of birth:c1860
Mothers date of death:14 January 1898
Mothers place of death:New Zealand
Name of the children:Frederick John Beach (1914-2007)