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Cedrick Walsh Beaumont

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cedrick Walsh AWMM
  • Surname
    Beaumont AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Cedrik Walsh Beaumont AWMM
    • Cedrick Welsh Beaumont AWMM
  • Service number
    64314 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 September 1919 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 2 Fairfax Avenue, Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs O.R. Beaumont (wife), 24 Second Avenue, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 September 1941 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    64314 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    6 April 1944 AWMM
    'On the night of 27-28 November 1943, during the attack on the SANGRO RIVER positions, Italy, Lance Sergeant Beaumont was a section leader. On arrival at true final objective his platoon was met by very heavy machine-gun fire and his section was immediately given the task of engaging the enemy position while the remainder of the platoon worked around to the flanks. Although very exposed, his position was a commanding one and by his skill in the placing of his men and his personal courage in directing the section’s fire a number of the enemy machine-gun posts were silenced and the remainder were able to be surprised from the flanks, This played a large part in the successful capture of the final objective. Throughout the whole action Lance Sergeant Beaumont displayed great courage and devotion to duty and was an excellent example and inspiration to his section.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Beaumont, Walsh Cedrick. (Ref. WO 373/5/444). Military Medal. MM. 6 April 1944 Lance Sergeant. London Gazette Supplement, p.1588. Citation for the Military Medal; 'On the night of 27-28 November 1943, during the attack on the Sangro River positions, Italy, Lance Sergeant Beaumont was a section leader. On arrival at the final objective his platoon was met by very heavy machine-gun fire and his section was immediately given the task of engaging the enemy positions while the remainder of the platoon worked around to the flanks.Although very exposed, his position was a commanding one and by his skill in the placing of his men and his personal courage in directing the section's fire a number of the enemy machine-gun posts were silenced and the remainder were able to be surprised from the flanks. This played a large part in the successful capture of the final objective. Throughout the whole action Lance Sergeant Beaumont displayed great courage and devotion to duty and was an excellent example and inspiration to his section.' Taylor, A., (1998), pp.137-138. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Moulder/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 22 September 1944 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The circumstances for the award as described by Cody; 'It had been a difficult problem for one platoon, and it was largely owing to Sergeant Beaumont and Corporal Hinton that the objective had been so quickly captured. The flames from a burning haystack lit up the area and put the platoon at a disadvantage, but while Hinton with his section, from an exposed position in front, beat down the opposing fire, the rest of the platoon worked around to a flank.' Cody, J., (1953), p.288.

    Name spelled variously

    WO II C. W. Beaumont, MM; Pukemiro; born Auckland, 29 Sep 1915; baker; wounded 22 Sep 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p.288.)

    'Second-Lieutenant Hill was sent with 17 Platoon to deal with the enemy post, while Bailey pushed on with the rest of D Company. They were within 200 yards of the company objective when they were fired on, and Bailey asked Colonel McElroy for reinforcements. B Company was ordered to help, and Second-Lieutenant Swainson set out with two sections of 11 Platoon, but the opposition was overcome before their arrival. It had been a difficult problem for one platoon, and it was largely owing to Sergeant Beaumont and Corporal Hinton that the objective had been so quickly captured. The flames from a burning haystack lit up the area and put the platoon at a disadvantage, but while Hinton with his section, from an exposed position in front, beat down the opposing fire, the rest of the platoon worked around to a flank. Hinton, after being beaten back three times, finally led his section in to capture the post. He then silenced three other posts, accounting for 20 enemy either killed or wounded. Swainson, hurrying across to the assistance of Major Bailey, fell in with 17 Platoon, which was still trying to close in on the house it had been sent to capture. The two platoons rushed it, capturing an anti-tank gun, a machine gun and nine prisoners; Swainson and one man were wounded by grenades.' (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p. 288.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1985 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

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Sources

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  • External links
    • Cody, J. (1953). 21 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.
      http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-21Ba.html
      Sources Used
    • Births, Deaths and Marriages (New Zealand) Historical Records online
      https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz
      Sources Used
    • NZETC topic page
      http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/name-010349.html
      Further Reference
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 6 April 1944, p.1588.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36456/supplements/1588
      Further Reference
    • 'On the night of 27-28 November 1943, during the attack on the SANGRO RIVER positions, Italy, Lance Sergeant Beaumont was a section leader. On arrival at true final objective his platoon was met by very heavy machine-gun fire and his section was immediately given the task of engaging the enemy position while the remainder of the platoon worked around to the flanks. Although very exposed, his position was a commanding one and by his skill in the placing of his men and his personal courage in directing the section’s fire a number of the enemy machine-gun posts were silenced and the remainder were able to be surprised from the flanks, This played a large part in the successful capture of the final objective. Throughout the whole action Lance Sergeant Beaumont displayed great courage and devotion to duty and was an excellent example and inspiration to his section.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Beaumont, Walsh Cedrick. (Ref. WO 373/5/444). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C8889629
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
    • Honours and awards of the 2nd NZEF: the Military Medal (1966). Wellington, N.Z.: Army Headquarters. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 18 AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      p.288. AWMM
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