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William BEITH

Regimental number3038
Place of birthDunolly, Victoria
SchoolState School, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBealiba, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 4"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs O Beith, 48 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3038A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Date of death20 July 1916
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
161
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Daniel BEITH, husband of Amelia Jane BEITH, 29 Victoria Street, Lidcombe, New South Wales. Native of Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 56th Bn from 5th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; taken on strength of 56th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 26/26 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.Statement, Red Cross File No 320305, 1740 Lance Corporal J. SOMERVILLE, B Company, 56th Bn (patient, No 5 General Hospital, Rouen), 22 June 1917: 'We went over the top at Fromelles on July 20th and he did some splendid work throwing bombs. Sgt. Phillips got the D.C.M. as he himself admits for the work that Beith did and the Sgt. was the last man to see him in the German trench and is quite sure that he was killed. We were driven back so that he was not buried.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEITH William
Red Cross file 320305

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