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William Frederick BEALE

Regimental number2885
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionBaptist
OccupationClerk
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, W.J. Beale, 28 Burnley Road, Dollis Hill, Neasdon, London N.W., England
Enlistment date21 January 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAIF Headquarters
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 24 April 1917

Medaille Militaire


Recommendation date: 25 April 1917

FateDischarged 19 August 1919
Medals

Legion d'Honneur: Medaille Militaire (France)

'At NOREUIL on the 8th April, 1917, Lance Sergeant BEALE was in charge of his platoon working on a road through the village. A very sudden and heavy shell fire was brought to bear on the party by the enemy, causing casualties. As further work was impossible, Lance Sergeant BEL withdrew his men from the village to a more sheltered spot and seeing that some were missing went back to NEROL which was still being heavily shelled, searched for his men who had taken refuge behind walls etc. and brought them all out. This necessitated several journeys into the village. He also saw that the wounded were taken clear of the village. His action undoubtedly saved further casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Medaille Militaire, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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