Brian Charles BEILKEN

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BEILKEN, Brian Charles

Service Number: 5718195
Enlisted: 19 August 1971
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
Born: Cottesloe, Western Australia, 12 July 1950
Home Town: North Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Boilermaker
Died: Killed in Action, Nui Le, South Vietnam, 21 September 1971, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Perth War Cemetery and Annex
Plot X Row D No. 4
Memorials: 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - Holsworthy Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place
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Vietnam War Service

19 Aug 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 5718195, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, Vietnam
19 Aug 1971: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 5718195
19 Aug 1971: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 5718195
9 Sep 1971: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 5718195
10 Sep 1971: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 5718195
10 Sep 1971: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 5718195
21 Sep 1971: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 5718195
21 Sep 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 5718195, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR), Operation Ivanhoe

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Biography

5718195 Private Brian Beilken, Aged 21 and a former RAN cadet from Cottesloe, Western Australia was a boilermaker prior to being called up for National Service in 1970 and was posted to 4RAR. He joined the Battalion as a reinforcement from 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit on 10 September 1971.

During Operation IVANHOE in Phuoc Tuy Province on 21 September 1971, D Company was assaulting a heavily defended enemy bunker system during the battle of Nui Le. 11 Platoon was moving forward in the assault with 6 Section on the left flank when the section was hit by heavy, sustained automatic fire from several mutually supporting bunkers. Brian and another 6 section soldier, Private Rod Sprigg were killed instantly.

 

"...5718195 Private Brian Charles Beilken, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR), of North Fremantle, WA. A National Serviceman, Pte Beilken arrived in South Vietnam on 19 August 1971 with the 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit and was allocated to 4RAR/NZ (ANZAC) on 10 September 1971. This was a battalion comprising of 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and a component from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. On 21 September 1971, as part of Operation Ivanhoe, D Company, 4RAR/NZ fought an intense battle at Nui Le, Phuoc Tuy province, against elements of the 33rd Regiment, North Vietnamese Army who were occupying a bunker complex. During this battle Pte Beilken and four other Australian soldiers were killed. They were the last Australians to be killed in action in Vietnam." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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