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Arthur William BEACH

Regimental number25471
Place of birthLondon, England
OccupationFruit grower
AddressWellington Point, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, W G Beach, Wellington Point, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date16 February 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 21, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/131/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 29 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at ROUGE CROIX, near CAESTRE, on the night of 16th/17th May, 1918. The Battery position was being heavily shelled and a direct hit obtained on a gun, completely destroying it. The camouflage caught fire, and the ammunition in the pit and dump adjoining was also set alight. The glare of the fire drew an increased rate of enemy fire. Regardless of the danger from the enemy shells which continued throughout, this N.C.O. and men at once proceeded to the pit and got the fire under control. They showed great courage and their act prevented the destruction of further ammunition and stores.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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