Private Robert Matthew Beatham

Service number 2056, 2742
Birth Date 1894-06-16
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Cumbria, Glassonby
Death Date 1918-08-11
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1918-12-14
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23

Born in England, Robert Beatham (1894-1918) came to Australia as a teenager. He enlisted early in 1915 and accompanied his 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.



Date of birth 16 June 1894
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 08 January 1915 8 Reinforcements to the 8th Battalion.
Date of embarkation 17 April 1915 Embarked for Egypt.
Other 1915-07 Returned to Australia for medical reasons.
Date of embarkation 1915-09 Re embarked for Egypt.
Other 1915-10 Arrived in Suez.
Other 07 December 1915 Taken on strength with the 8th Battalion and sailed with it to France.
Date wounded 1916-08 Wounded at Pozieres.
Date of recommendation honour or award 09 September 1916
Date wounded 1917-10 Wounded at Passchendaele.
Date of honour or award 09 August 1918 For action at Rosieres, east of Villers Bretonneux, France whilst serving with 8 Battalion, 2 Brigade, 1 Division as a Private.
Date of death 11 August 1918
Date of death 11 August 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 19 August 1918
Other 08 March 1919 Beatham's Victoria Cross was received by his mother from King Goerge V at Buckingham Palace.