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Robert Matthew Beatham

  • Birth 16 Jun 1894 Glassonby, Eden District, Cumbria, England
  • Death 11 Aug 1918 Rosieres-en-Santerre, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
  • Burial Harbonnieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
  • Plot VII.J.13.
  • Memorial ID 9771492

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Cumberland, England, he served as a Private in the 8th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces, Australian Army. On August 9, 1918, at the Battle of Amiens, Private Beatham's battalion was part of the assault on German positions in Rosieres, France. When the advance was held up by heavy machine gun fire, Private Beatham with a comrade dashed forward on four enemy machine guns, killing ten and capturing ten others. When the final objective was reached, although wounded, he again dashed forward, bombed a machine gun, was riddled with bullets and died two days later. For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on December 14, 1918.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

Gravesite Details Private, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Age: 24.





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  • Added: 7 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9771492
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Matthew Beatham (16 Jun 1894–11 Aug 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9771492, citing Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .