RiflemanBEELEY, JOHN

Service Number 6846197

Died 21/11/1941

Aged 24

1st Bn.
King's Royal Rifle Corps

V C

Son of James and Mona Beeley; husband of Betty H. D. Beeley, of Winchester.

Inscription

THEY BADE GOOD-BYE TO THE DAYS OF PEACE, TO DIE FOR GAINS THEY WILL NEVER SHARE

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of April 17th, 1942

On 21st November, 1941, at Sidi Rezegh in Libya, during an attack by a battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps the Company to which Rifleman Beeley belonged was pinned down by heavy fire on the flat open ground of the aerodrome. All the officers but one had been either killed or wounded. Rifleman Beeley, carrying a machine gun, ran towards a strong enemy post and discharged a complete magazine, killing or wounding the entire crew of the anti-tank gun. The post was silenced, but Rifleman Beeley fell dead across his gun, hit in at least four places. Rifleman Beeley went to certain death in a gallant and successful attempt to carry the day. His courage and self-sacrifice were a glorious example to his comrades and so inspired them that they reached and eventually captured their objective.

Buried at KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA

Location: Libya
Number of casualties: 2674

Cemetery/memorial reference: 10. E. 4.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.