Former British Marine's wife hits out at Australian Army


The wife of a former Marine sergeant who fell to his death in a tragic mining accident has lashed out at Australian Army for delaying his job application.

Nathaniel Beesley, 32, was working for the Tasmanian Savage River mine to provide for his family while awaiting for an interview with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The devoted father – who moved to Australia with his wife, Katie, and their two sons from England last year – died on Friday after he worked at the mine’s north pit.

His distraught widow, who lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, has now accused ADF of stringing him along after being told for nine months ‘he had already been selected for an interview’.

Katie Beesley has lashed out at Australian Army for delaying her husband's job application

Katie Beesley has lashed out at Australian Army for delaying her husband’s job application

Nathaniel Beesley, 32, (pictured) fell to his death while working at a mining site on Friday

Nathaniel Beesley, 32, (pictured) fell to his death while working at a mining site on Friday

His distraught widow has now accused Australian Defence Force of stringing him along after being told for nine months 'he had already been selected for an interview'

His distraught widow has now accused Australian Defence Force of stringing him along after being told for nine months ‘he had already been selected for an interview’

‘His dream to serve Australia and yet doing nothing, why were assurances being made and nothing was actually done?’ she wrote to the Defence’s Facebook page.

‘I want answers from those who run the recruitment process. Because at some point in the future I need to explain to my four-year-old and one-year-old why he was treated so badly.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Australian Defence Force for comment.

Her complaint comes as former colleagues pay tribute on social media to the father-of-two nicknamed ‘Bees’, who completed two tours of Afghanistan.

Former Royal Marine Sergeant Lee West took to Facebook to reminisce the moment Mr Beesley broke the news to him after he had decided to leave the military.

‘I vividly remember the pact we made on the train to the Royal Marines training camp… we would only leave if they threw us out or if in an ambulance,’ Mr West wrote along with a collection of photographs.

Military colleagues side by side as they celebrated Mr Beesley and his wife's wedding in the UK

Military colleagues side by side as they celebrated Mr Beesley and his wife’s wedding in the UK

The devoted father moved to Australia with his wife and their two sons from England last year

The devoted father moved to Australia with his wife and their two sons from England last year

‘Quitting was never an option for this man… not then, not on 40 Commando’s tour from hell in Afghanistan and not when he moved to Australia last year to provide a better life for his beautiful family.

‘I remember him ringing me in sorrow to tell me he was leaving the Marines, such was our plan from the early days to run a company together one day… thinking he had let me down and explaining his desire to get the best life for Katie and the boys.’

Mr West described his close friend as a ‘warrior’ and recalled the moment the pair cleaned the floor in their pants while listening to Phil Collins.

‘As a Marine he was effortlessly brilliant, totally suited. As a Sergeant he loved his lads,’ he wrote.

‘He was a warrior, and I knew that from the early days in our training in 2003. Especially when we would mop the floor at 6am in our pants listening to Phil Collins.

‘I’ve never had a crossed word with him and never heard a person say a bad word about him. I’m devastated that Katie and the boys have lost their hero,beyond words.’ 

A Marine fell to his death in a tragic mining accident, leaving behind a wife and two sons

A Marine fell to his death in a tragic mining accident, leaving behind a wife and two sons

The 32-year-old had recently moved to Australia from the UK with his wife and two sons 

The 32-year-old had recently moved to Australia from the UK with his wife and two sons 

He was taking on the work at the mine to provide for his family while he awaited a transfer to the Australian Army

He was taking on the work at the mine to provide for his family while he awaited a transfer to the Australian Army

Distraught family and friends have set up a GoFundMe page, with more than $23,500 raised for his family. 

Josephine Gladwin, who set up the page, wrote: ‘An amazing father to two young beautiful boys, words cannot express the heartache.

‘His dream for them was to make a life in Australia.

‘A UK Royal Marine with two tours of Afghanistan, Nathaniel was taking other work to provide for his family, whilst awaiting transfer to the Australian Army when his life was cut short leaving an enormous void.’

She added: ‘An incredible friend to so many, his loss is devastating and we hope to raise funds to show our support to his young family and help in some small way through this terribly sad time.’

WorkSafe Tasmania is investigating the circumstances behind the death, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported.

Mr Beesley (pictured with his wife Katie) was a UK Royal Marine who completed two tours of Afghanistan

Mr Beesley (pictured with his wife Katie) was a UK Royal Marine who completed two tours of Afghanistan

It was the fourth mining-related death on the state’s west coast since 2013.

Australian Workers Union assistant secretary Robert Flanagan said it was understood that Mr Beesley was working in the north pit of the mine when he fell.

‘It’s the union’s understanding that the contractors were engaged in scaling operations in part of the mine’s operations, he told ABC.

‘Scaling operations are undertaken to ensure that loose material can’t be dislodged from a work area.

‘Any workplace fatality is a tragedy and the union’s thoughts are clearly with the family and friends of the deceased worker and we continue to endeavour to ensure that workplaces are as safe as possible.’



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