Adam Beaton

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Motherwell
  • Service no: S/21073
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 6th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 23
  • Date of Death: 06.08.1916
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: IV.A.31.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Montrose
  • Address: 25 Bernard St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Iron Worker
  • Mother:

    Helen Keith Beaton, 25 Bernard St, Dundee.

  • Father:
  • Siblings:

    William & Jane Ann Beaton

  • Spouse:

    Margaret Beaton (nee Smith) 10c Globe St, Motherwell

  • Children:

    Elizabeth, born 13.11.1915

More about Adam Beaton

Adam was the brother of Cpl William Beaton, 240391, 9th Battalion, Black Watch, who died 26.10.1918.

Adam Beaton married Margaret Smith in May 1915 in Glasgow and was employed on the railways as an ironworker in Motherwell where they lived.

The couple had a daughter Elizabeth whom he never saw.

Adam enjoyed only five months of married life before joining the 6th Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders at Inverness between 15-20 October as Private S/21073, followed by training at Invergordon. He then crossed to France in early April 1916. He was wounded near Hulluch in the Loos Sector, some time on the 15th /16th July, and evacuated 5 miles to the village of Sailly-Labourse by field ambulance, then a further 25 miles to the large Casualty Clearing Station at Saint-Omer for intensive care.

Private Adam Beaton died there aged 23 on Sunday 6th August 1916, three weeks after sustaining his injuries, having endured four months of action in France. His sister Jane Ann was then 19 and her first child William had been born two days previously. Adam is interred in Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, grave IV.A.31.

Additional information kindly supplied by Bill Sheret.

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