Casualty details

BEATHAM, ROBERT MATTHEW

Rank:
Private
Service No:
2742
Date of Death:
11/08/1918
Age:
24
Regiment/Service:
Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
 
8th Bn.
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference
VII. J. 13.
Cemetery
HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES

Additional Information:

Son of Elizabeth Beatham, of Glassonby, Kirkoswald, Cumberland, England, and the late John Beatham. His brothers I A Beatham, John Wilfred Beatham and Frederick William Beatham also fell.


Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette" dated 13th Dec., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice during the attack north of Rosieres, east of Amiens, on 9th Aug., 1918. When the advance was held up by heavy machine gun fire, Pte. Beatham dashed forward, and, assisted by one man, bombed and fought the crews of four enemy machine guns, killing ten of them and capturing ten others, thus facilitating the advance and saving many casualties. When the final objective was reached, although previously wounded, he again dashed forward and bombed a machine gun, being riddled with bullets and killed in doing so. The valour displayed by this gallant soldier inspired all ranks in a wonderful manner."

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HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES

Casualty Record Detail
Country:
France
Locality:
Somme

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