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Edgar Stanley BEARD

Regimental number29
Place of birthLancefield, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWanthaggi, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, C Beard, Outtrim PO, Victoria
Enlistment date19 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name38th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 20 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 7 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 November 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On 12th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. this N.C.O. Transport Sergeant of his Battalion, supervised the delivery of hot rations to his Battalion during the Operations. The conditions were most difficult, both on account of enemy shelling and also the mud, the ground being almost impassable. he personally took forward the pack mules, and in spite of all difficulties satisfied himself that the rations reached their destination. His courage and determination were a fine example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'During the Operations near BONY from 29th September to 2nd October 1918, this Non Commissioned Officer did magnificent work as Transport Sergeant. He made many reconnaissances to forward ration dumps under continuous machine gun and shell fire and by his skill and ingenuity enabled the rations to be delivered regularly and on time at these Dumps. He was constantly on duty day and night throughout the whole of the Operations having practically no sleep for four days. His fine example of courage and determination under most adverse and trying conditions greatly inspired his men who were sorely tried by the incessant gas and other shelling of the roads.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 July 1949

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