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Dudley John Beaumont (1877–24 November 1918) was a British army officer and a member of the ruling family of Sark. He was the first husband of Dame Sibyl Mary Collings Beaumont Hathaway, later 21st Seigneur of Sark, and grandfather of the 22nd Seigneur of Sark, John Michael Beaumont.[1][2]

Life

Beaumont was the son of William Spencer Beaumont and the great grandson of John Thomas Barber Beaumont, both British Army officers. Beaumont married Sibyl Mary Collings, the daughter of the Seigneur of Sark. Beaumont and Collings together had seven children: Bridget Amice Beaumont (1902–1948); Francis William Lionel Beaumont (1903–1941), father of John Michael Beaumont; Cyril John Astley Beaumont (1905–1973); Basil Ian Beaumont (1908–1909); Douce Alianore Daphne Beaumont (1910–1967); Richard Vyvyan Dudley Beaumont (b. 1915); Jehanne Rosemary Ernestine Beaumont (b. 1919).[1][2] Collings writes extensively about her relationship with Beaumont in her 1961 autobiography.[3]

Beaumont first joined the British Army as a part-time second lieutenant in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment on 5 August 1905,[4] but he resigned that commission on 24 March 1908.[5] When the First World War began in 1914, Beaumont joined the 2/5 Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment,[6] By 25 August 1915 he was a temporary lieutenant and was transferred to the General List for service with the West African Frontier Force (WAFF).[7] On 1 May 1916 he was transferred back to the Glosters still in the rank of temporary lieutenant but was granted seniority in that rank from 27 September 1914.[8] He was then further transferred to a labour battalion, the 36th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers on 17 June 1916.[9][10] He relinquished his commission on 19 July 1917 due to ill-health.[11] Official records show his date of qualification for the Silver War Badge as 11 September 1915, suggesting that whatever wound or disease eventually led to his discharge occurred or was contracted on that date.[10] This source also indicates that he served in Cameroon.[10][12] There is some contradiction of the official sources in family accounts: in an announcement of his son's marriage in 1924, his rank is given as captain;[13][14] and his wife writes in relation to his death that in 1918 Beaumont was deployed in France when the Spanish flu pandemic brokeout and then had misfortune of being sent to London on leave at the height of the pandemic in that city.[15] Beaumont died of the Spanish flu on 24 November 1918 at the age of 41.[15] He is buried in Brookwood Cemetery in Brookwood, Surrey, England.[16][17] Beaumont's wife went on to remarry and in 1927 she became the 21st Seigneur of Sark, taking the title Dame Sibyl Mary Collings Beaumont Hathaway.

References

  1. ^ a b "CHANNEL-ISLANDS-L Archives". Rootsweb. 1997. http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CHANNEL-ISLANDS/1997-06/0867496020. Retrieved 5 June 2009.  
  2. ^ a b "Dudley John Beaumont". Clan Moffat Genealogy. 2003. http://genealogy.clanmoffat.org/getperson.php?personID=I43587&tree=ClanMoffat. Retrieved 5 June 2009.  
  3. ^ Hathaway, Sibyl (1962). Dame of Sark: An Autobiography. 2nd printing.. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc. http://www.archive.org/details/dameofsark006367mbp.  
  4. ^ London Gazette: no. 27830, p. 5846, 25 August 1905. Retrieved on 11 June 2009.
  5. ^ London Gazette: no. 28138, p. 3675, 19 May 1908. Retrieved on 11 June 2009.
  6. ^ Hathaway, Sibyl (1962). Dame of Sark: An Autobiography. 2nd printing.. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc. pp. 57. http://www.archive.org/details/dameofsark006367mbp.  
  7. ^ London Gazette: no. 29312, p. 9645, 1 October 1915. Retrieved on 11 June 2009.
  8. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29610, p. 5610, 2 June 1916. Retrieved on 11 June 2009.
  9. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29651, p. 6609, 4 July 1916. Retrieved on 11 June 2009.
  10. ^ a b c "WW1 Campaign Medals—Medal card of Beaumont, Dudley Jonathan(sic)" (fee may be required to view full original pdf of medal card). DocumentsOnline. The National Archives. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=1373687.  
  11. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30189, p. 7301, 17 July 1. Retrieved on 11 June 2009.
  12. ^ The medal card shows the theatre of war by the code 5c, which is decoded as Cameroon, see "First World War Medal Index Cards—How do you read them?". DocumentsOnline. The National Archives. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/medals.asp?WT.hp=WW1%20Campaign%20Medals%20-%20£2#read.  
  13. ^ The official sources are the Gazettes and medal card previously referred to and also an official death notice in London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31406, p. 7750, 17 June 1919. Retrieved on 11 June 2009.
  14. ^ "Personals". Flight XVI (40): 645. 2 October 1924. No. 823. http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1924/1924%20-%200645.html. Retrieved 7 June 2009.  
  15. ^ a b Hathaway, Sibyl (1962). Dame of Sark: An Autobiography. 2nd printing.. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc. pp. 59. http://www.archive.org/details/dameofsark006367mbp.  
  16. ^ Beaumont is buried in plot 182389 "Dudley John Beaumont". 2008. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26946522. Retrieved 5 June 2009.  
  17. ^ "Casualty Details: D. J. Beaumont". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=402127. Retrieved 3 June 2009.  
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