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Regimental number3652
Place of birthDergholm, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressYahl, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs Doris Mary Beaton, Yahl, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Enlistment date25 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 7, Field Ambulance 7, Section B
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Clan Mcewan on 28 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. has driven a Horsed Ambulance Wagon during all the fighting of August, September and October, 1918, on all occasions he has displayed the greatest bravery and devotion to duty. Repeatedly he has had to "stand to" his horses under heavy shell fire and often to drive his horse wagon through a barrage. By skilful and careful driving he has brought his patients through safely and then returned again and again for fresh cases. Previous to this, on 9th April, 1918, while at GENTELLES, the village was heavily shelled and a number of casualties occurred. The dressing station was also being shelled. Lance Corporal BEATON continued to work backwards and forwards through heavy shell fire until all the cases had been evacuated. He was wounded, but remained on duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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