Private Robert Matthew Beatham VC
Date of birth: 16 June 1894
Place of birth: Glassonby, Cumberland, England
Date of death: 9 August 1918
Place of death: Near Rosières, France
Born in England, Robert Beatham came to Australia as a teenager. He enlisted early in 1915 and accompanied the 8th battalion to France a year later. He was wounded twice: at Pozières in 1916 and near Passchendaele the following year.
The day after the Australians' successful advance on 8 August 1918, Beatham's battalion was thrown into a further battle which proved very costly. When held up by machine-guns, Beatham attacked four posts, killing or capturing their crews. He had already been wounded and, while attacking another gun, he was killed.