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ROBERT MCBEATH
FUNERAL REPORT
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FAMOUS FREEMASONS
Victoria Cross awarded
No 240171 Lance Corporal Robert McBeath, from Kinlochbervie, Sutherland, 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany’s) was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry at Cambrai, France, on 20 November 1917.
His citation reads:
"For most conspicuous bravery west of Cambrai, France, on 20th November 1917, when with his company in attack and approaching the final objective, a nest of enemy machine guns in the western outskirts of a village opened fire both on his own unit and on the unit on his right. The advance was checked and heavy casualties resulted. When a Lewis gun was called for to deal with these machine guns, Lance Corporal McBeath volunteered for the duty and immediately moved off alone with a Lewis gun and revolver. He found however, several other hostile machine guns in action and, with the assistance of a tank, attacked them and drove the gunners to ground in a deep dug-out. Lance Corporal McBeath, regardless of danger, rushed in after them, shot an enemy who opposed him on the steps, and drove the remainder of the garrison out of the dug-out, capturing 3 officers and 30 men. There were in all five machine guns mounted round the dug-out and by putting them out of action, he cleared the way for the advance of both units. The conduct of Lance Corporal McBeath throughout three days of severe fighting was beyond all praise".

London Gazette, 11 January 1918. Text from <qohldrs.co.uk/html/l_cpl_robert_mcbeath_vc.htm>. Also see <chapter-one.com/vc/award.asp?vc=766>.

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