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Duncan Beith


23rd Battalion

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • 1914-15 Star
  • Victory Medal
  • Croix De Guerre
  • Distinguished Service Order

Tree Information

  • Species: Ulmus Sp.
  • Planted By: Cr. Hughes
  • Plaque: 454

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Duncan Beith was born in Ballarat and was a Clerk by trade when he enlisted in the 23rd Battalion, C Company on 22 April 1915 as a Lieutenant at the age of 25. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915. The pinnacle of his service came in the AIF's last major battle of the war where his gallantry and leadership with the 23rd Battalion earned for him the Distinguished Service Order. His recommendation read in part æThis officer has had service with the AIF from April 1915 ààà... In the operations culminating in the fall of Montbrehain extending from 2nd – 6th October 1918, Major Beith led his Battalion successfully in two successive operations àà. where he and his men were under heavy shell and machine gun fire. Major Beith carried out his reconnaissance with indomitable spirit, and in the attack he succeeded in securing a ridge which gave command of the approaches to Montbrehain. Major Beith displayed resourcefulness and initiative and his work helped immensely in the great success achieved.

For his actions at Montrbrehain he was also awarded the Belgian Crois de Guerre. He served again during the Second World War as V4177.

His brother, Gordon Beith (Tree No 682) also served.
Tree No 454

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour