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Regimental number13748
Place of birthSkibbereen, Cork, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShop assistant
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 1.75"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Beamish, Cobram Leap, Co Cork, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 8 years in the Royal Navy.
Enlistment date22 November 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 February 1918
Discharge date29 August 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Corsican' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 28 May 1916; taken on strength of Fargo Hospital, Tidworth, 4 July 1916.

Found guilty at Tidworth, 27 July 1916, of being absent without leave, 25 July, to 26 July 1916 (6 hours): awarded 7 days' confinement to barracks; forfeited total of 1 day's pay; marched into No 2 Camp, Parkhouse, 21 September 1916; moved out to No 1 Training Bn, Perham Downs, 22 September 1916. Proceeded to France, 22 October 1916; marched into Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 23 October 1916; moved out from depot, 6 November 1916; joined 4th Bn in the field, 10 November 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 21 December 1916, and transferred to Anzac Corps Receiving Station (influenza and bronchitis); to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 28 December 1916; to Ambulance Train '23', 30 December 1916, and transferred to 12th General Hospital, Rouen; discharged to depot, 5 January 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 7 January 1917; moved into the field, 16 January 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 19 January 1917 (influenza); discharged to duty, 23 January 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 10 May 1917; admitted to 5th Divisional Receiving Station, 11 May 1917 (put under observation); discharged to duty, 25 May 1917; rejoined unit from hospital, 27 May 1917; proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 18 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917 (shrapnel wound, abdomen); admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 5 October 1917; transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station, 5 October 1917; to 16th United States General Hospital, Treport, 6 October 1917. Proceeded to England on HS 'Cansbrook Castle', 17 October 1917; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, 18 October 1917; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 27 November 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 24 December 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Balmoral Castle', 1 February 1918; disembarked Sydney, 28 March 1918. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, 29 June 1918 (shrapnel wound, abdomen).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEAMISH Richard

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