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James Gordon Beard

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This is the gravesite of my great uncle James, who is buried at El Alamein War Cemetery.

Grave of James Gordon Beard

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    Beard AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 21135 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 June 1918 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 20 Collingwood Street, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr W. Beard (brother), 20 Collingwood Street, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 21135 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    18 February 1943 AWMM
    'Bombardier Beard was ammunition bombardier of 28 Battery at MINQA QAIM, Egypt, on 27 June 1942 and carried out his duties all day under heavy shellfire. When one of his ammunition trucks received a direct hit and caught fire, seriously endangering other ammunition vehicles in the vicinity, Bombardier Beard in spite of having been wounded and without regard for his personal safety mounted a motorcycle and directed all nearby vehicles to a position clear of danger from exploding shells from the burning truck. During the rest of the day he continued to direct and operate his ammunition vehicles right up to the guns with the utmost zeal. His conduct and work then and later were of the highest order and his tireless efforts to supply the guns at all time of the day and night were of the utmost assistance to the Battery during action, especially during mobile operations.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Beard, James Gordon. (Ref. WO 373/23/234). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • James Beard was the son of Frederick Bennett Beard and of Kathrine Beard (nee Doring), of Wellington, New Zealand. Mother's maiden name incorrectly spelt as Doran on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

    Bombardier J. G. Beard, MM; born NZ 10 Jun 1918; labourer; killed in action 2 Nov 1942. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.325.)

    'The 5 Brigade area, which had seemed in the beginning most vulnerable to attack, was never directly threatened; but it suffered heavy shelling, directed mainly at the 5th Field guns. The gun positions had little or no protection and inevitably some guns and vehicles were hit. One gun, under Sergeant Hoare, suffered damage and its trailer and ammunition were set on fire. Hoare rallied his men, put out the fire, and started to repair the gun. The shelling continued and he was forced to withdraw until it abated. Then he went back and brought the gun into action again. Bombardier Beard of 28 Battery was wounded, but stayed with his men. A lorry was set on fire and ammunition on it kept exploding, endangering nearby lorries. Beard collected some gunners and with them unloaded ammunition from these other lorries, regardless of the violent explosions close at hand. For the rest of the day he was tireless and selfless in his determination to keep the guns supplied with ammunition. Both Hoare and Beard were awarded the MM.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 325.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    2 November 1942 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM I. C. 22. AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • A hero taken too young, never forgotten by your family. Your memory lives on in the next generations of the Beard family, despite the passing of time.
    Love and respect always,
    Your great niece, Leesa.
    Public - Leesa - Other relative - 26 April 2018
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  • To My Great Uncle James, who I never got to meet, may you forever Rest In Peace, you will always be remembered never forgotten. With Love Your Great Niece Linda xx
    Public - Linda - Other Relative - 22 January 2015
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Sources

Sources

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    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period May 1942 to October 1942.' (London Gazette, 18 February 1943, p.866.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35908/supplements/866
      Further Reference
    • 'Bombardier Beard was ammunition bombardier of 28 Battery at MINQA QAIM, Egypt, on 27 June 1942 and carried out his duties all day under heavy shellfire. When one of his ammunition trucks received a direct hit and caught fire, seriously endangering other ammunition vehicles in the vicinity, Bombardier Beard in spite of having been wounded and without regard for his personal safety mounted a motorcycle and directed all nearby vehicles to a position clear of danger from exploding shells from the burning truck. During the rest of the day he continued to direct and operate his ammunition vehicles right up to the guns with the utmost zeal. His conduct and work then and later were of the highest order and his tireless efforts to supply the guns at all time of the day and night were of the utmost assistance to the Battery during action, especially during mobile operations.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Beard, James Gordon. (Ref. WO 373/23/234). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7360442
      Further Reference
    • Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
      https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2092236
      Sources Used
  • References
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 15 AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.325. AWMM
    • New Zealand Gazette AWMM
      MM. New Zealand Gazette, 21 September 1944, p. 1146 AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
26 April 2018LeesaChristchurch, New ZealandOther relative
22 January 2015LindaHamilton New Zealand Other Relative

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