Peter Beaton

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Peter Beaton was a soldier who served with the A.I.F. in World War One.



Beaton was a farmer from Burrumbeet who enlisted on 15 September 1915, at the age of 26. He was a Private in the 1st Remounts, serial No. 326.[1] He returned to Australia on 18 October 1916. He died suddenly in 1923, aged 34.

Peter Beaton, who was on bail and was due to appear at the City Court tomorrow on charges relating to the thefts of large quantities of liquor from the Old Colonists' Club, of which he was a member, was found in a state of collapse by Dr. Campbel this afternoon and died some time later. He had suddenly developed convulsions post mortem examination will be made tomorrow. He was a returned soldier, and leaves a widow was also a member of the Returned Soldiers.[2]


The World War One service recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.

Listed on the Lake Burrumbeet State School Roll of Honour.[1]


BALLARAT. January 3.
A railway employee, Peter Beaton, 32, who was on remand to appear at the City Court on Tuesday on a charge of larceny of whisky and other goods from the Old Colonists' Club, of which he was a member, died in suspicious cir-cumstances at his home this afternoon. His wife found him in convulsions. She sent for Dr Campbell, but Beaton failed to respond to treatment, and died shortly after the doctor's arrival. In the circumstances the doctor declined to give a certificate. The death has been reported to the Coroner Prior to his military service Beaton was a prosperous farmer, and owned some racehorses. Since returning from the front he has been employed at the railway goods sheds.[3]

See also

Old Colonists' Association



  1. 1.0 1.1 Ken James, 2007, Muddy Water: A history of Burrumbeet, pg. 134, Camberwell, Victoria
  2. Sunraysia Daily, 09 January 1923.
  3. Geelong Advertiser, 09 January 1924.

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--Beth Kicinski 13:04, 17 June 2013 (EST)

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