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Francis William BEASY

Regimental number2373
Place of birthYass New South Wales
AddressYass, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Robert Beasy, Yass, New South Wales
Previous military service43rd Infantry
Enlistment date7 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "1-2 Septmeber 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On 1st September 1918 during the attack on PERONNE, as a Runner attached to advanced Battalion Headquarters, he displayed conspicuous bravery, tireless energy and devotion to duty. On five different occasions he succeeded with the utmost despatch in delivering important messages to Company Commanders in very forward positions. On each occasion he had to pass through an intense shell and Machine Gun barrage and always succeeded in bringing back valuable information obtained through his own personal observation regarding the progress of the attack. On 2nd September 1918 during the resumption of the attack he repeatedly carried messages to the front line, successfully negotiating intense shell and Machine Gun fire. His coolness, courage and energy were remarkable. In spite of the fact that he was weary from want of sleep and the effects of gas, and I cannot speak too highly of his splendid work. I very strongly recommend this man for the Military Medal.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 December 1971

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