Joseph Archdall (Joe) BEACOM

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BEACOM, Joseph Archdall

Service Number: 874
Enlisted: 19 September 1914, An original of F Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Barrengarry, New South Wales, Australia, 1884
Home Town: Kangaroo Valley, Shoalhaven Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Barrengarry Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, France, 10 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Barrengarry Public School HR, Kangaroo Valley War Memorial, Nana Glen St Peter's Anglican Church Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

19 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 874, 15th Infantry Battalion, An original of F Company
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 874, 17th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
12 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 874, 17th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
10 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 874, 15th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Joseph Beacom was the oldest son of John Beacom, who was one the old pioneers of Kangaroo Valley. John died in 1900 when Joseph was only 16 years of age. Joseph’s mother Elizabeth had five children at the time, and she remarried some four years later.

Joseph was an original Anzac, wounded at Gallipoli 7 August 1915, during the August offensive. He was sent to England for treatment and only returned to duty for a few weeks when he was killed in action in France. He was reported to have been hit in the back by a whizzbang shell at Pozieres. His younger brother 4078 Private David Beacom 25th Battalion was killed in action at Pozieres 5 days earlier, 5 August 1916.

At the time of his death, he owned the Barrengarry farm inherited from his father being approximately 113 acres valued at 350 pounds but there was still 375 pounds owing on the mortgage.

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