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Henry John BEATON

Regimental number716
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationElectrical engineer
Address204 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7.75"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr Beaton, 13 Chesterfield Grove, East Dulwich, London SE, England
Previous military serviceServed for 6 years in the Volunteer Royal Garrison Artillery, London, England.
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Artillery
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 1st Field Artillery Brigade
Promotion date: 27 October 1917

Lieutenant


Promotion date: 9 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1918
Medals

Discharge date23 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 4 April 1915.Admitted to 1/3 East Lancashire Field Ambulance, 2 August 1915 (enteritis), and transferred to 11th Casualty Clearing Station; rejoined unit, 5 August 1915.

Appointed Provisional Corporal, 21st Howitizer Brigade, and posted to 101st Battery, 6 March 1916., 8 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 4th Division Artillery, Tel el Kebir, 21 February 1916.

Taken on strength, 21st Howitzer Brigade, 6 March 1916, and posted to 101st Battery.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 10 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 1 April 1916.

On leave to England, 13 June 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 2 July 1916 (eye defect); transferred to 13th Field Ambulance, 5 July 1916 (defective vision); discharged, 5 July 1916.

Admitted to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, 24 February 1917 (muscular rheumatism); discharged, 12 March 1917; rejoined unit, 13 March 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 18 April 1917 (debility); transferred to 8th Field Ambulance, 18 April 1917; to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 19 April 1917; to 47th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 April 1917 ; rejoined unit, in the field, 7 June 19, 7 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 21 September 1917.

Transferred to 2nd Division Artillery, 17.

Detached to Base as Artillery Instructor, 3 July 1917; rejoined unit, 31 August 1917.

On leave, 7 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 21 September 1917.

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 27 October 1917.

Transferred to 12th Battery, 25 August 1918.

Temporarily detached to Artillery School, 8 October 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 6 January 1918.

Tried by Court Martial, 11 February 1918 (no further details on Form B103).

Promoted Lieutenant, 1 March 1918.

Detached to Salvage School, 19 March 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 25 March 1918.

On leave to England, 30 June 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 18 July 1918.

Awarded Belgian Croix Civique (2nd Class, Silver) by the King of the Belgians, 'in recognition of the part played by this officer in rescuing on the 20th March, 1918, several persons of Belgian nationality from a house in Calais which had been demolished by an enemy bomb'.

Commenced return to Australia from Taranto, Italy, on board HT 'Kaisir-a-Hind', 24 September 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 23 November 1918, for onward travel to Sydney; appointment terminated (discharged), Sydney, 23 January 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 June 1956
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEATON Henry John

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