BEATON, Ernest

Service Number: 4567
Enlisted: 27 October 1915, Enlisted at Perth, WA
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Home Town: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in action, Villers-Bretonneux, France, 1 July 1918
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Plot V111, Row C, Grave 5 Headstone inscription reads: To the glory of God thanks be to God who giveth us the victory
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

27 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4567, 16th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Perth, WA
12 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4567, 16th Infantry Battalion
12 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4567, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Fremantle
2 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 48th Infantry Battalion, Transferred from the 16th Battalion to the 48th Battalion at Serapeum
15 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 48th Infantry Battalion, In the field
2 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 48th Infantry Battalion, Promoted at Tidsworth, England
27 Apr 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 48th Infantry Battalion, In the field
5 May 1918: Honoured Military Medal, Villers-Bretonneux, Originally recommended for the DCM but was upgraded to Military Medal Citation reads: For gallantry and devotion to duty near Villers Bretonneux on 3rd May, 1917. During the advance Sergeant Beaton was in charge of a platoon and when separated from the remainder of his Company with great determination he led his men through to the objective. Having put his party in position he went out personally to established communication. This could not be done so he commenced to withdraw owing to the heavy enemy counter attack and it was to a great extent due to his magnificent coolness and skilful handling of a most difficult situation that a successful withdrawal was made. His gallant conduct made him conspicuous throughout and he had a great influence on the morale of the men. Source: Commonwealth Gazette No. 15 Date: 4 February 1919
1 Jul 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 4567, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Norman and Mary Beaton of 92 Nicholson Street, Footcray, Victoria

Medals. Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal