Robert Donald MCBEATH

MCBEATH, Robert Donald

Service Number: 3828
Enlisted: 4 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rosewater, South Australia, 13 August 1891
Home Town: Semaphore, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Telegraphist
Died: Killed in Action, France, 23 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Officers of S.A. Post, Telegraph and Telephone Department HR, Adelaide Postmaster General's Department WWI Honour Board , Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Augusta Davenport WW1 Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Yankalilla District Roll of Honour WW1, Yankalilla War Memorial Wall
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World War 1 Service

4 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3828, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3828, 10th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide

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Mr. and Mrs. D. McBeath, of Water- street, Semaphore, have been officially notified that their eldest son, Signaller R. D. McBeath, was killed in action in France on August 23, 1916. He was 25 years of age. After finishing his scholastic career he joined the Post and Telegraph Department at Kingston, where he was highly respected. After a little over three years service at the Kingston office he was transferred to the G.P.O., Adelaide, as an operator. He became a skillful telegraphist, and was for two years on the relieving staff. Finally he was transferred to Port Augusta, from which place he enlisted in August, 1915. His cheerful manner and noble character won for him a large circle of friends. He left for Egypt on December 2, with his only brother, Private Hughie McBeath, who has been wounded and is in the hospital in France." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 28 Oct 1916 (