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Harold Rupert BEER

Regimental number4593
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressKnight Street, Arncliffe, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, C H Beer, Knight Street, Arncliffe, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Persia on 10 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work at Estrees and Villers Carbonnel on 28-29 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 3 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Estrees and Villers Carbonnel, on 28th and 29th August, 1918, as forward observation officer of the brigade. He pushed forward with the first wave of infantry, and his timely information gave his brigade full opportunity to deal with the retiring enemy. His wire was the only one for the infantry to use as well, and it was through his energy and disregard of danger that the brigade was able to give the infantry close support.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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