Biography

Birth date: 16 June 1894
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Cumbria, Glassonby
Death date: 11 August 1918
Death place: France
Final rank: Private
Service number: 2056 - First World War, 1914-1918
2742 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 11 August 1918
  • Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 17 April 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Rank: Private
  • Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Recommended for: Mention in despatches
  • Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Timeline

Date of birth 1894-06-16
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-01-08 8 Reinforcements to the 8th Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1915-04-17 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 1915-12-07 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 1916-09-09
Date wounded 1917-10 Wounded at Passchendaele.
Date of honour or award 1918-08-09 For action at Rosieres, east of Villers Bretonneux, France whilst serving with 8 Battalion, 2 Brigade, 1 Division as a Private.
Date of death 1918-08-11
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-08-19
Other 1919-03-08 Beatham's Victoria Cross was received by his mother from King Goerge V at Buckingham Palace.