Badge Number: 18965, Sub Branch: Murray Bridge


Service Numbers: 3652, 3659
Enlisted: 25 January 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 7th Field Ambulance
Born: Dergholm, Vic., 17 August 1890
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Oaklands Estate, SA, 30 January 1964, aged 73 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
General E, Path 8 Grave 597
Memorials: Mount Gambier RSL Pictorial Honour Roll, Yahl Memorial Hall Honour Board, Yahl WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

25 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, SN 3652, 7th Field Ambulance
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 3652, 7th Field Ambulance, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '22' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: ''
1 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3659, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3652, 7th Field Ambulance, "The Last Hundred Days"
11 Dec 1919: Honoured Military Medal, "The Last Hundred Days", Relates to April, September and October 1918 Commonwealth Gazette No. 135 11 Dec 1919

Military Medal

This NCO has driven a Horsed Ambulance Wagon during all the fighting of August, September and October 1918, on all occasions he has displayed the greatest bravery and devotion to duty. Repeatedly he has had to 'stand to' his horses under heavy shell-fire and often to drive his horse wagon through a barrage. By skilful and careful driving he has brought his patients through safely and then returned again and again for fresh cases.
Previous to this, on April 9th 1918, while at GENTELLES, the village was heavily shelled and a number of casualties occurred. The dressing station was also being shelled. L/Cpl BEATON continued to work backwards and forwards through heavy shell-fire until all the cases had been evacuated. He was wounded, but remained on duty.

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Son of Eliza and Roderick BEATON

Husband of Doris M BEATON