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Arthur William BEARD

Regimental number958
Place of birthCroydon, South Australia
AddressTorrens Road, Croydon, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height6' 0"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A. Beard, Torrens Road, Croydon, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 January 1915
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A59 Botanist on 2 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Second DCM recommendation dated 27 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 19 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis William and Agnes Harriett BEARD; Wife: Winifred Mary BEARD

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was for a long period employed on Brigade Scouts, and since rejoining his unit he has at many times shown much skill in scouting, despatch riding, and gallantry in action. During the recent operations he performed some very daring and very useful scouting and reconnoitring work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
Date: 20 May 1920

Discharge date12 June 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1871 Lance Corporal Allan Frank BEARD, 50th Bn, killed in action, 16 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 11 September 1915.

Found guilty, 7 November 1915, of disobedience of standing order in that he used obscene language: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeits 7 days' pay.

Disembarked Alexandria, 27 December 1915.

Found guilty, 17 March 1916, of disobedience of a standing order: awarded 4 days' confined to barracks.

Proceeded to 9th Light Horse Regiment, 27 February 1916.

Admitted to hospital, Serapeum, 17 March 1916; discharged, 21 March 1916.

To Rest Camp, Port Said, 1 November 1916; returned to duty, 7 November 1916.

Admitted to No 3 Light Horse Field Ambulance, 11 July 1918; transferred to No 5 Mounted Bde Field Ambulance, no date stated; discharged to duty, 18 July 1917.

Admitted to No 3 Light Horse Field Ambulance, 7 August 1917 (debility); discharged to duty, 9 August 1917.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 14 September 1917.

Admitted to No 3 Light Horse Field Ambulance, 6 August 1918 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to No 66 Casualty Clearing Station, 11 August 1918; to No 44 Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 12 August 1918 (pyrexia, not yet diagnosed); to No 31 General Hospital, Abbassia, 13 August 1918; to Convalescent Depot, Bonlac, 19 August 1918; discharged, 22 August 1918, and marched into 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, the same day.

Proceeded to unit, 29 August 1918; rejoined 9th Light Horse Regiment, 30 August 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 2 September 1918.

Evacuated to hospital, 2 November 1918, and reverts to the rank of Lance Corporal on being evacuated; admitted to No 3 Light Horse Field Ambulance, 4 November 1918; rejoined unit, 4 November 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 4 November 1918.

Reverts to the rank of Lance Corporal, 19 November 1918.

Marched out of 9th Light Horse Regiment, 5 February 1919; marched into Details Camp, Moascar, 7 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Kantara on board HT 'Port Sydney', 4 March 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 5 April 1919; discharged Adelaide (termination of period of enlistment), 12 June 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death14 February 1935
Age at death42 years 8 months
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Path 5, South, Grave No. 25), West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEARD Arthur William

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