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The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1917

William Beynon Austin Quick

page 27

William Beynon Austin Quick.

Among the students who have made the supreme sacrifice is Austin Quick, a young architect of a reserved disposition but sterling character. Prior to the war he had been an office in he cadet force. At the outbreak of the war he was practicing as an architect in partnership with his friend Mr. Fearn and had every prospect of a successful career, but recognising the call of duty, the two partners, as soon as they could complete the works in hand and wind up their business, joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Austin left as a sergeant with the 5th Reinforcements, served in Egypt and Gallipoli whence he was invalided Home with enteric. After working at the base for some months he rejoined his battalion in France at the end of the year and was killed in action wile serving in the machine gun section (on 10th December, 1916). In a letter to his mother his sergeant wrote : "Although so short a time with the guns, he was one of he most dependable of men and could always be relied upon to do his duty faithfully, and to the extent of his ability. Indeed it was while performing his duty with his customary courage and coolness, that he met his death."

H. F. von Haast