Robert Scott BEATTY DCM,MM

Badge Number: S24078, Sub Branch: Unley

BEATTY, Robert Scott

Service Number: 7103
Enlisted: 18 September 1916
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mitcham, SA, 20 September 1895
Home Town: Parkside, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Civil Servant
Died: Parkside, SA, 24 May 1956, aged 60 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Derrick Gardens Row 2 15
Memorials: Adelaide Gilles Street Primary School WW1 Honour Board (Original), Adelaide High School Honour Board, South Australian Education Department Roll of Honour, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7103, 10th Infantry Battalion
16 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, 7103, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Berrima embarkation_ship_number: A35 public_note: ''
16 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, 7103, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Sergeant, 7103, 10th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal
Date unknown: Honoured Military Medal


The details provided are taken from the book "Stealth Raiders" - a few daring men in 1918" written by Lucas Jordan, published 2017 - refer to pages 171 & 262. Prior to the war he was a civil servant of Parkside SA. He enlisted 18 Sept 1916 aged 21 years. He was allocated to the 10th Infantry Battalion. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal for his actions during the war. He departed the UK for home 18 July 1919.

Citations for MM and DCM

Awarded Military Medal

For Bravery in the Field – Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No 61 dated 23rd May 1919

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal

For most conspicuous gallantry and dash. In the operations near Jeancourt on 18th September 1918, he followed by his section, rushed a machine gun nest in a small quarry, and in face of heavy fire advanced, firing his Lewis gun from the hip. He succeeded in putting one of the enemy gun crews out of action, and swept the parapet of the trench. Having ordered six prisoners to the rear, he handed his Lewis gun over to his section, and with bombs and a revolver mopped up the remaining enemy in the quarry. His total captures from this quarry were three officers, 43 other ranks, and three machine guns. He did splendid work. – London Gazette 12th March 1919

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Son of Thomas Martin BEATTY and Hester Marie nee MOORE

Biography contributed by Kathleen Bambridge

Temp-Sgt RS Beatty was presented with his Distinguished Conduct medal and Millitary Medal by General birwood on 6 March 1920.