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Stanley Wilfred BECKWITH

Regimental number76l
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
OccupationMetal polisher
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Charles Beckwith, 115 Rathmines Street, Fairfield Park, Victoria
Enlistment date18 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on VILLE-SUR-ANCRE on the morning of 19th May, 1918. This man was a Company Signaller and on reaching the objective with Company Headquarters, it was found that a party of the enemy were offering considerable resistance, and were preventing the line at that point from being consolidated. BECKWITH at once attacked the party single handed, killed three, and drove the rest from their position. He immediately set up his telephone, and although subjected to very heavy fire from snipers he maintained communication with Battalion Headquarters. During the following 24 hours he twice left his position and penetrated into a heavy enemy barrage to successfully mend the line which had been severed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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