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Robert Matthew BEACHAM

Regimental number2742
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinJ Beacham, Glassonby, Kirkoswald, Cumberland, England
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Makarini on 15 September 1915
FateNo details of fate entered on Nominal Roll
Medals

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery and self sacrifice during the attack north of Rosieres, east of Amiens, on the 9th August, 1918. When the advance was held up by heavy machine gun fire, Private Beacham dashed forward, and, assisted by one man, bombed and fought the crews of four enemy machine guns, killing ten of them and capturing ten others, thus facilitating the advance and saving many casualties. When the final objective was reached although previously wounded, he again dashed forward and bombed a machine gun, being riddled with bullets and killed in doing so. The valour displayed by this gallant soldier inspired all ranks in a wonderful manner.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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