Topic: William Farquharson Bey

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From research done in 2008 by Wairarapa College Year 12 history assignment on Wairarapa soldiers who died in World War One.

Full name: William Farquharson Bey
Date of Birth: 29 May 1886
Serial number: 38799
Occupation before enlistment: Farmer
First known rank: Sergeant
Embarkation date: 26 April 1917
Place of embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation unit: 25th Reinforcements, F Company
Last unit served: 1st Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment
Rank last held: Private
Place of death: Bapaume, France
Date of Death: 25 August 1918
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery name: Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, France  

Biographical notes:
Son of Dr William and Eveline D'Ainslie Bey of Greytown.

In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], Wanganui Chronicle Co. Ltd "Killed in action on August 25th, 1917 [sic], enlisted as a private in the 1st Battalion Otago Regiment, and left with the 25th Reinforcements. Before his death he had attained the rank of sergeant, and the same morning had taken part in a stunt to capture a certain objective close to Bapaume, when he was mortally wounded by a bursting shell. As he was brought in to R.A.P. he gradually but quietly sank, and was buried near the village of Biefvillers close to the scene of his last fight. He studied electrical engineering in Wellington after leaving school, but later relinquished it in order to farm the Springbank Estate, Gladstone. His demeanor under the most trying conditions was always excellent. He knew no fear, and died as he had lived, a brave man, caring for nothing but the knowledge that he had done his duty."

The tombstone inscription at Greytown Cemetery reads "In loving memory of DR WILLIAM BEY died Nov 13 1918 also W.F. Bey killed in action France Aug 25 1918 - greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends."                                                                    

Obituary: Wairarapa Daily Times, 13 September 1918, under Personal Items "Private W. F. Bey, son of Dr. Bey, of Greytown, has been killed in action."

Student researcher: Claire Evans and Becka Brown (2009)



William Farquharson Bey

First Names:William Farquharson
Last Name:Bey