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George James BEAUMONT

Regimental number8
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWool presser
AddressWaubra via Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 10"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Myrtle Mary Beaumont, City Road PO, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 February 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

For consistent and valuable work in personally leading all ration parties up to the line, being most successful with his pack horses throughout the winter at the Somme.
Recommendation date: 9 July 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 31 December 1918
Discharge date13 April 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Promoted Sergeant, Canal Zone, 1 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, 29 November 1916; promoted Lieutenant, 1 March 1917.

Temporarily attached to 16th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 29 August 1917; rejoined 21st Bn from detachment, 1 September 1917.

Detached to 23rd Veterinary School, 1 September 1917.

Wounded, 13 October 1917; remained at duty.

Rejoined 21st Bn from detachment, 11 September 1917.

CO, 21st Bn, Lt-Col B. DUGGAN, reported, 10 December 1917: 'This Officer in civil life was a Commercial Traveller and is addicted to drink. He has had over 2½ years service and has done excellent work. Though he has never overstepped the mark sufficiently enough to warrant my applying for Court Martial, lately his moral fibre has broken down to such an extent that I have had to relieve him of the position of Transport Officer of this Battalion. At present I have not enough confidence in Lieut. Beaumont to entrust him with the duties of an Officer, and recommend that he be given a prolonged rest or sent to Australia. Lieut. Beaumont is married and has expressed his willingness to be returned.'

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 2 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Osterley', 31 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 13 April 1918; discharged, 13 April 1918.

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

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