Miles Fitzroy BEEVOR

Badge Number: S10213, Sub Branch: State
S10213

BEEVOR, Miles Fitzroy

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 18 August 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: North Adelaide, South Australia, 27 February 1883
Home Town: North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Chief Accountant
Died: Natural causes, South Australia, 9 October 1961, aged 78 years
Cemetery: North Road Cemetery, Nailsworth, South Australia
Path 23N, Plot 3682-3683.
Memorials: Hawthorn St Columba's Anglican Church Stained Glass Windows, Plaque and Lectern, Hawthorn St Columba's WW1 Roll of Honour, North Adelaide Christ Church Honour Board, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

18 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Major, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
7 Dec 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 52nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Born in North Adelaide on the 27th February 1883, to Miles Horatio Beevor and Theresa Victoria (nee Mantegani).

Businessman, Militia Officer, Member of the Naval and Military Club of Adelaide and Adelaide Club and President of the Australian Natives Association prior to the outbreak of war.

A noted military shooter, then Captain Miles Beevor won the coveted Simpson Trophy in 1909.  The attached photograph shows Miles Beevor with the Adelaie Rifles shooting team.  Several Boer War veterans are among their number.  They are equipped with what appear to be brand new .303 Short Magazine Lee Enfields (SMLE) No 3 MkIII  - the rifle Australian soldiers would take to war for the subsequent 50 years.  They were likely straight out of initial production at the Small Arms Factory Lithgow.

The Simpson Trophy has been competed for almost continuously since 1890 but for the war years.  It is on display at the Army Museum of South Australia at Keswick Barracks to this day.

The Beevor family established a military rifle range ("Beevor Range") on their property in the Adelaide Hills which was used by the military as recently as the 1970s, notably by the 3rd Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment based at Woodside which deployed to Vietnam twice during that  conflict  The range is no longer gazetted for military use.

Miles Beevor:

19/8/1914     Enlisted in Adelaide, South Australia

20/10/1914    Embarked on board HMAT A11 Ascanius
                     as a Major with 'A' Company

Miles Beevor served as Officer Commanding 'A' Company from the landing at ANZAC until the evacuation of the Commanding Officer, Colonel Stanley Price Weir, in October.  Thereafter Beevor commanded the 10th Battalion at ANZAC / Egypt from 21 October 1915 until 4 March 1916, when he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 52nd Battalion.  He Commanded the 52nd Battalion through the Pozieres Mouquet Farm campaign but shortly thereafter was repatriated back to Australia.

For further reading please use links to the left of this page ...including a biography drawn from "The Fighting Tenth" by Locke

 

 

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