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John Fittis Beacham was born in Allendale, VIC and was a Brewer living in Ballarat when he enlisted in the Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 30 on 9 October 1916 at the age of 23. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 9 November 1917. He reached England in early January 1918 and later joined the 10th Field Artillery Brigade in France. He came through the period of hostility unscathed, but after the Armistice he was hospitalised in England suffering from inflammation of his right elbow. In April 1919 he left England on the Shropshire, disembarking at Melbourne on May 16th.
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