Lieutenant M. G. Beath
SAC 1912-1913

Lieutenant Melville Gow Beath was born in Sudbury, Ontario, September 22nd, 1893, son of Alexander Hay Beath of Sudbury, Ontario. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1912 to 1913 and for a a very brief period worked as a reporter for the Toronto Star before returning to Sudbury in August of 1913. He was a jeweller at the time of his enlistment.

He became an officer with the 227th Battalion having been commissioned from ranks (Sergeant) on January 1, 1917 but had previous militia service in the 97th "Algonquin Rifles". He went overseas on April 17, 1917 and was with the 8th Reserve Battalion at St. Martin's Plains, Shorncliffe, England.

He apparently developed (in England) Debility and Graves Disease (probably Tuberculosis) and was invalided to Canada for treatment in February 1918, having never made it to France. He was eventually released from the military and died on March 18, 1930 at the age of 36. He was buried in Toronto.

A newspaper obituary reads: "...he went overseas with the 227th Battalion, attaining the rank of
Lieutenant. Since his return from overseas his health was impaired and he never quite recovered from the effects of hardships sustained there. After spending some time in Toronto he returned to Sudbury in January, but was confined to his home practically all the time. He is survived by his bride of four months, who was the former Miss V. E. Young, of Toronto, one brother, Stanley and his parents."