Robert BEATH

BEATH, Robert

Service Numbers: 596, 4962
Enlisted: 28 August 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 57th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 9 June 1884
Home Town: Carrington, Great Lakes, New South Wales
Schooling: Carrington State School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Painter/Sign writer
Died: Gas shell burns, 6th General Hospital, Rouen, France, 3 October 1918, aged 34 years
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
St. Sever emetery Extension (Block R, Plot III, Row M, Grave No. 5), Rouen, France, St Sever Cemetery Extension, Haute-Normandie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hamilton War Memorial, Tighe's Hill Public School HR
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World War 1 Service

28 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 596, 6th Infantry Battalion, Sydney, New South Wales
18 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, 596, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Sydney
18 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, 596, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4962, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
7 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4962, 6th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 57th Infantry Battalion
30 Sep 1918: Wounded Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal, GSW (legs & gassed)
3 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 4962, 57th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
An Original Anzac awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

103 years ago today, on the 3rd October 1918, Sergeant Robert Beath, 2nd & 57th Battalions (Reg No’s -596 & 4962), painter and signwriter (Walsh Island Government Dockyard, Newcastle, N.S.W.), father of two (Agnes Catherine and Robert William), Died of Wounds, age 34.

Born at Carrington, New South Wales on the 9th June 1884 to Robert S (died 1939) Beath of 3 Buxton Street, Adamstown, N.S.W.; husband of Eileen Grace Beath nee Kelly (married 1912, Wickham, N.S.W., died?) of 16 James Street, Hamilton, New South Wales and Mitchell Street, Stockton, N.S.W. and 126 Brougham Street, Darlinghurst, N.S.W., Robert enlisted August 1914 with the 2nd Battalion at Randwick, N.S.W.
Returned to Australia - 2.9.1915 (venereal disease, did not returned home to Hamilton).

Re-embarked-7.3.1916, Melbourne, VIC.
Admitted to hospital 24.1.1917 (myalgia & rheumatism).

Wounded in action - 29.9.1918 (SW legs and gassed, dangerously ill.)

Robert is resting at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. Block R Plot III Row M Grave 5.

Mr. Beath’s name has been inscribed on the Hamilton (Gregson Park) War Memorial, Hamilton Municipal District Roll of Honor, Tighes Hill Public School Honor Roll (photos, unveiled on the 24th May 1918, 133 names originally inscribed, 144 names now inscribed, 20 Fallen, Robert’s name not indicated as Fallen), Newcastle Lodge-Grand United Order of Druids Roll of Honour - and the Newcastle Lodge No. 423 Ancient Order of Druids Roll of Honour. Name probably inscribed on the Tighes Hill Pride of Ferndale Lodge G.U.O.O.F. Roll of Honour.

There is no memorial inscription on the headstone of parents Robert S and Sarah Beath, and I am unable to erect a Memorial cross, so I have placed poppies in remembrance of their son’s supreme sacrifice for God, King and Country. ANGLICAN 2-127. 7.

Served in the Boer War (Royal Marines).

Lest We Forget.