Andrew Begg (1886-Unknown)Subject
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Private Andrew Begg
Three young sons of local Werribee man, Andrew Begg, and his wife, Jane Begg, served with the British Army during the Great War (1914-1918).
- James Begg,
- Andrew Begg Jnr, and
- John Begg.
The Begg family’s second eldest son was Private Andrew Begg (1885-Unknown).
As the World War 1 Service Records for many former servicemen in the British Army are not available, it is difficult to accurately identify this man’s record. Some possible candidates are:
There are no searchable British Army Service Records available. A search of their Service Medal Entitlements has two possible matches for Private Andrew Begg.
- Private Andrew Begg, Regimental Number 33723, with the Highland Light Infantry
- Sapper Andrew Begg, Regimental Number 9502, with the Royal Engineers Regiment
In June 1917, it was reported in the local newspaper that Private Andrew Begg was serving in France.
Werribee Shire Banner, 21 June 1917, p.2.
Private Andrew Begg’s wounding in France was reported in the Werribee Shire Banner as – “Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Begg, of Station-street, Werribee, have just received word that their second son, Andrew Begg, has been wounded, and was in an hospital in France. It is hoped it is not serious. Like his younger brother, he enlisted whilst in his teens.”
Werribee Shire Banner, 16 August 1917, p.2.
Andrew Begg is listed as one of the surviving sons in the Death Notices for both of his parents.
Begg Family History
The 1891 Scotish Census records the Begg Family as living at 7 Houston St, Kinning Park Burgh, Lanarkshire. Members of the household were:
- Andrew Begg, 36 years, Head (1855-1949)
- Jane Logan Begg, 27 years, Wife (1864-1941)
- James Begg, 8 years, son (1883-19??)
- Andrew Begg, 5 years, son (1886-19??)
- John, 3 years, son (1888-19??)
- Elizabeth Begg, 1 month, daughter (1891-19??)
When the Great War began in 1914, the three eldest boys were already in military service with the British Army. James Begg was 31 years old, Andrew was 28 years, and John was 26 years of age. Andrew and John had enlisted while they were teenagers. Werribee Shire Banner, 16 August 1917, p.2.
The boy’s father, Andrew Begg (senior) (formerly from Scotland) sailed to Melbourne Australia from England in 1915. He travelled alone, and left his wife and family behind in the U.K.
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Andrew Begg (Senior) then appeared in the Victorian Electoral Roll of 1916 as “Begg, Andrew, Edgar Street, Werribee, Labourer”. He was living alone.
The boy’s mother, Mrs Jane Logan Begg, and the remaining children, sailed to Australia per the Osterley, on 28 July 1916. The family on the ship's passenger list comprised:
- Begg, Jeanie L, Housewife, 39 years, from England
- Begg, Elizabeth, 14 years, from Scotland
- Begg, Hugh, 8 years, from Scotland
- Begg, George, 6 years, from Scotland
- Begg, Alexander, 3 years, from Scotland
- Begg, John L, 12 years, from Scotland
- Begg, Peter, 10 years, from Scotland
In 1919, the Begg family moved to Duncan’s Road in Werribee, and Andrew Begg Senior was working as a labourer.
The Electoral Roll between 1921 and 1924 records Andrew Begg Senior and his wife at Duncan’s Road. There is also a John Begg, General Labour, at Synott Street Werribee, who appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1921. It is possible this is one of the sons who fought in the Great War.
The Electoral Rolls for 1924 record Andrew Begg Senior still living at Duncan’s Road Werribee, and Andrew Begg Junior, Labourer, living at Synnott Street, Werribee. It is possible this is one of the sons who fought in the Great War.
In 1924, a Mr Andrew Begg (unclear if it is Senior or Junior), advertised that he will commence delivering milk in Werribee. The milk will come from the farm of Mr G Walls.
Werribee Shire Banner, 24 April 1924, p.2.
He traded under the name “Meadow Dairy”
Werribee Shire Banner, 30 October 1924, p.2.
Andrew Begg (unclear if it is Senior or Junior) advertised that he had sold his milk round to Mr C. Taylor in 1928.
Werribee Shire Banner, 26 July 1928, p.7.
Mrs Jane Logan Begg (his mother) died at Ivanhoe on 10 October 1941, and was buried in the Werribee Cemetery. Aged 68 years. Her death notice recorded her family:
The dearly beloved wife of Andrew Begg and loved mother of James, William (deceased), Andrew, John, Robert (deceased), Elizabeth (Mrs. J. MacAllister), Johan, Peter, Hugh, George, Alexander, Jean (deceased), William (deceased), late of Glasgow, Scotland. Peace, perfect peace.
The Age, 11 October 1941, p.1.
Mr Andrew Begg Senior died at Heidelberg on 6 June 1949, and was also buried in the Werribee Cemetery. His death notices recorded his family:
The loving husband of the late Mrs Jane Begg, formerly of Ivanhoe, and dearly loved father of James, Andrew, John, Elizabeth (Mrs. McAllister), Johan (Mrs. Ash), Peter, Hugh, George, and Alex.
The Argus, 7 June 1949, p.14.
The Age, 7 June 1949, p.2.
A funeral notice was also published.
The Age, 7 June 1949, p.7.
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