Charles Gordon BEAUCHAMP


BEAUCHAMP, Charles Gordon

Service Number: 8409
Enlisted: 1 June 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 6th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Naracoorte, South Australia, 15 April 1896
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Mount Gambier High School
Occupation: Postman
Died: Killed in Action, Somme, France, 7 August 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la Boisselle
Plot I; Row A; Grave 26, Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers la Boisselle, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Postmaster General's Department WWI Honour Board , Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mount Gambier RSL Pictorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

1 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8409, Adelaide, South Australia
22 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8409, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Persic embarkation_ship_number: A34 public_note: ''
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8409, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , Battle for Pozières

Late Signaller C G Beauchamp

Mr. C. Beauchamp, of Mount Gambier, received a telegram on Tuesday night, informing him that his son, Charles Gordon Beauchamp, had been killed in France on August 6. The deceased was under 21 years of age, and was a bright and manly young fellow. 'Chump' as he was familiarly called, after leaving the Mount Gambier High School, entered the local post office, and after some years' service there was transferred to the G.P.O. Adelaide. He enlisted in the city.

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Son of Charles Walter BEAUCHAMP and Jessie Emma Beauchamp (nee HACK),
lived at Wyatt Street, Mount Gambier, South Australia.
(later moved to 6 Thomas Street, Croydon, Adelaide, SA)

Previous service:
3 years School Cadets - voluntary
3 years Senior Cadets - 74th Battry transferred to Field Artillery, 12 months still serving
                                   on enlisting

Charles was described on enlisting as 19 years 1 month of age; 5' 4" tall; 138 lbs;
fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair; Presbyterian

14/06/1915  enlisted into WWI at Keswick, South Australia

15/06/1915  appointed to Group Base Infantry, Mitcham Camp

16/10/1915  18th Infantry Battalion - Signaller

22/11/1915  embarked Port of Melbourne, VIC onboard HMAT A34 Persic
                   as a Gunner with 6th Field Artillery Brigade, 18 Battery
21/12/1915  disembarked at Suez, Egypt

17/03/1916  proceeded to join Mediterranean Expditionary Forces, ex Alexandria

23/03/1916  proceeded to join British Expeditionary Forces
                   disembarked into Marseilles, France

07/08/1916  Killed in Action at Somme Sector, France

buried in:     Gordon Dump Cemetery, Sausage Valley, (between La Boiselle and Contalmaison)
                   Ovillers-La-Boiselle, France
                   Plot I, Row A, Grave 26

His name is commemorated on:-
- Panel 14 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
- at his parents grave in North Road Church of England Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia

Medals:       1914/15 Star (26497); British War medal (25264); Victory medal (25095)
                  Memorial Plaque and Scroll (320892)

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  25/04/2017.  Lest we forget.