Year of Birth:  1896

Place of Birth:  Mareeba, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  22 February 1917

Date and Place of Embarkation:  9 May 1917, Sydney NSW

Ship:  HMAT Port Sydney A15

Rank:  Private/Trooper

Unit(s):  2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment – 21 to 30 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  3349

Died:  31 October 1917


Carl Beck. Courtesy of


Karl Wilhelm Hoffensetz, known as Carl Beck, was born 14 December 1895 to Harold Ingvard Josef Ferdinand Hoffensetz and Augusta Petrina Petersen. Harold Hoffensetz was born in Denmark and Augusta Pederson was born in Norway. Carl was one of 10 children, Julius Elandorf born 1872, Ida Sophia 1875, Arthur Victor 1877, Harold John 1879, Einar Otto 1881, Jutha Victoria 1883, Ingebourg 1886, Omega Meranda 1890, James Harold 1891 and Ivy 1892.

His father Harold died 1920 and his mother Augusta died 1926 in Halifax Qld. His mother’s understanding of English caused many problems when the Australian Imperial Force tried to communicate with her regarding next of kin and memorial.

On his enlistment in Cairns, Carl Beck was residing at Warrego Street, Cairns, his age was 21 years  2 months, occupation was a miner and gave his next of kin as his father Mr. Carl Beck, Warrego Street, Qld.  His height was 5 feet 7 inches, weighed 154 pounds with dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.  His religion was Methodist. Carl attended school in Atherton.

In his will he left all of his possession to his sister Ivy, who had married William Albert Cockrem in 1913.

Carl Beck (Karl Wilhelm Hoffensetz) was killed in action at Beersheba, Palestine, Turkey on the 31 October 1917 and buried at Beersheba Military Cemetery.

The battle of Beersheba was the last great cavalry charge and one of the greatest victories for the Allies in the Middle East. It involved hundreds of mounted Australian troops from the Australian Light Horse who stormed enemy lines to capture the town of Beersheba.


Australian Light Horse at the Battle of Beersheba. Photo courtesy of Australian War Memorial


HMAT Port Sydney A15 – formery HMAT Star of England – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


Roll of Honour Circular. Australian War Memorial


NAA: B2455


Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Port Sydney A15,  Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455,Carl Beck, National Archives of Australia

Carl Beck, Australian War Memorial

The charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba


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