William Derek Field

M, #5022, b. 1938, d. 12 Sep 1959
Father*Herbert Brooker Field b. 1899, d. 16 Sep 1951
Mother*Winifred Eva Randall d. 18 Oct 1991
Note No death notice in Age 14/15 Sep 1959, not checked further. 
Note*12 Sep 1959 W. D. Field Memorial Bridge. This obelisk is erected by Caulfield District Boy Scouts in memory of Sapper William Derek Field R.A.E. who was accidentally killed on 12th September 1959 during bridge construction.
.. Commemorates Sapper William Derek Field accidentally killed here during the construction of the bridge.1 
Death*12 Sep 1959 Heidelberg, VIC, Australia, #D15480 (age 21) [par Herbert Book FIELD & Winifred Eva RANDALL].2 
Village Bell*Oct 1986The article reads: Memorials
Sapper Derek Field Memorial - beside the bridge in the Scout Camp area off Harpfields Road, marking a death by accident during construction of the bridge.3 


  • Cheltenham Memorial Park, Cheltenham, VIC, Australia4


  • 14 Sep 1959, Sapper Killed on Bridge at Scout Camp
    A sapper in the C.M.F, William Derek Field (21), of Hawthorn Road, Caulfield, was fatally injured at Upper Beaconsfield, on Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a heavy weight on a pile-driver.
    The soldier was helping with construction work on a bridge over Cardinia Creek at a Boy Scouts camp when the accident occurred at 5 pm.
    A 16-cwt weight on the pile-driver struck him a glancing blow, causing injuries from which he died soon after admission to Heidelberg Military Hospital on Saturday night.5


  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://monumentaustralia.org.au/monument_display.php
  2. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  3. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "052-1986, p11."
  4. [S49] Index of burials in the Cheltenham Cemetery.
  5. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 14 Sep 1959, p3.
Last Edited26 Apr 2014


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