Allan Vyvyan Begg

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Begg, Corporal Allan Vyvyan no.2768 (2788) 13th Battalion 9th Reinforcements MM.

Margaret Street, Campsie [i.e. Belfield], Orderman.

Bom at Paddington 1889, son of Robert & Agnes Begg.

Enlisted 21/7/1915, aged 26.



Next of kin: mother, AS. Begg, Margaret Street, Campsie.

On 23/9/1917, Corporal Begg was the leader of a patrol which was sent out to familiarise themselves with No Man’s Land, NW of Polygon Wood. Because of this experience, he became a guide to the men of the 4th Division during the battle of Polygon Wood on 26/9/1917. It was for this activity that he was awarded the Military Medal. [Summarised from White, T. The History of the Thirteenth Battalion AIF].

Military Medal citation: AWM 28. 4th Division, 18/9/1917 to 23/9/1917.4th Australian Infantry Brigade, 4th Australian Division, 1st Anzac Corps 29/9/1917. 13th Battalion AIF. 2788.

Corporal Alan Vyvyan Begg: During the attack near ZONNEBEKE on the 26th September 1917, Corporal Begg showed conspicuous devotion to duty. He assisted in laying out the tapes and guided the Company to them, then hearing that a Platoon of another Company was lost he went back through a heavy burst of shell fire and eventually found them and skilfully guided them round the shelled area into their position, thus saving many casualties. After the assault was launched, he led his section as a carrying party several times to the front line, always delivering the stores to the right place. By his bravery Corporal Begg set a splendid example throughout (Sgd).E.G. Sinclair Maclagan Major General commanding 4th Australian Division. SMH 18/6/1918.

Mrs Begg, of Clarence & Margaret Streets Campsie, has been advised that her son, Corporal Allan Vivian Begg, has been awarded the Military Medal for devotion to duty in the attack near Zonnebeke on September 26,1917. He has been three years on active service, and is the second son of the late Mr. R.E. Begg Solicitor. His eldest brother, Sergeant Gordon Begg is fighting in France with the A.I.F. Casualty list SMH 10/9/1918.

Wounded Returned to Australia 18/1/1919.

Married 1921, Jessie M. Williams.

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002