Michael Beverley 27 March 1918

Michael Beverley was caught up in the dramatic fighting associated with German spring Offensive of 1918. He was also the oldest Oundelian to be killed in the War and one of those whose death was not reported to the school. He was the eldest son of Dr Michael and Mrs Marian Beverley of 54, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich (and later Shubbery Scole in Norfolk), born in Norwich on 14 July 1874.

He attended School House from Jan 1890 to July 1891. He is probably the only Old Boy killed, who attended the School before Sanderson’s time. Michael was presumably a keen oarsman as, in 1890, his father donated money to help with the expenses relating to the School’s entry in Bedford Regatta.

He went to Australia aged 18, in 1892 and enlisted 11 October 1915 at which time he was a stockman and single, living in James Street, Guildford, Perth. He was a private in 9th Battalion of Australian Infantry and embarked for Europe on 20 April 1916 on board HMAT SS Hawkes Bay. In October 1917, he won the Military Medal:

“During operations at Broodseinde Ridge, east of Ypres on 6th October 1917, Pte Beverley was conspicuous by his consistent good work and gallantry. On one occasion, when carrying rations to the front line, several of his party were wounded. Though subjected to intense enemy shell fire, this soldier with great coolness assisted in carrying them to the aid post and eventually finished his journey and delivered the rations at their destination.”

On 27th March 1918 Michael Beverley went out on a raid at Spoilbank south of Ypres. He was attempting to bring in a wounded man when he was hit by a machine gun bullet in the stomach. An attempt to bring him in failed and he died in No Man’s Land.

He was later buried in Bedford House Cemetery near Ypres. He was 44 years old at the time of his death.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow