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Hector Brooke BEESTON

Regimental number11905
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor engineer
AddressWoollahra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Teresa Beeston, 2 Saber Street, Woollahra, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentMotor Transport Driver
Unit nameField Ambulance 9, Section A
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Mechanical Transport Company
FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night 29th/30th September, 1918, while evacuating cases from an extremely dangerous position on BELLECOURT Road, a gas shell burst in close proximity to the car. The orderly who was walking ahead guiding the Driver was able to put his mask on at once but Driver BEESTON was unable to do so at the same time as controlling the car, and removing the patients from danger zone. He became gassed, but continued to drive his car to the Dressing Station where he collapsed. On coming to he promptly volunteered to return with his car as a number of patients awaited evacuation, but was not permitted to do so. This action showed a very keen sense of duty and the courage displayed had a great influence on the other Drivers, who were feeling the strain considerably at this time. This Driver has on all occasions shown himself a brave man and has set a splendid example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 March 1952

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