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William Robert BEAMOND

Regimental number551
Date of birth1 September 1896
Place of birthGeelong, VIctoria
AddressSwanston Street, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 9.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr J.C.M. Beamond, Swanston Street, Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Senior Cadets, 69th Infantry.
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name14th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 10 October 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer was in command of a company which took over a position hastily consolidated, after having captured it, but which remained heavily enfiladed by hostile artillery and machine gun fire. He promptly grasped the situation, and so disposed his forces that the defence of the locality was insured and the casualties reduced to a minimum. The energy and devotion to duty he displayed in consolidating this valuable position were no less than the courage with which he exposed himself under heavy fire, and his example had a most inspiring effect on his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Mention in Despatches

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Discharge date19 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Themistocles', 10 October 1918; appointment terminated, 19 February 1919Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: Service No V151088.
Date of death23 December 1965
Age at death69
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEAMOND William Robert

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