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Ralph Edward Blackett Beaumont CBE, TD, DL, JP (12 February 1901 – 18 September 1977)[1] styled The Honourable from 1907, was a British soldier and Conservative Party politician.

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Background and education

Born at Belgrave Square in London, he was the second son of Wentworth Beaumont, 1st Viscount Allendale and his wife Lady Alexandrina Louise Maud Vane-Tempest, daughter of George Vane-Tempest, 5th Marquess of Londonderry.[2] His older brother was Wentworth Beaumont, 2nd Viscount Allendale.[2] Beaumont was educated in Eton College and went then to Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1923 and with a Master of Arts in 1953.

Military career

He joined the British Army and was promoted to a second lieutenant of the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1931.[3] Beaumont became lieutenant in 1934[4] and captain with the begin of the Second World War in 1939.[5] He was finally advanced to lieutenant-colonel in 1947.[6]

Beaumont received the Territorial Decoration in 1948[7] and an additional clasp two years later.[8] Having reached the age limit in 1956, he left the Army.[9]

Political career

He stood unsuccessfully for Cannock in 1929.[10] Beaumont entered the British House of Commons in 1931, sitting as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Portsmouth Central until the war's end in 1945.[11] During this time he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Postmaster-General in 1935, a post he held until 1940, and to the Secretary of State for War in 1942 until his defeat in the general election three years later.[12] From 1952, he worked as a Development Commissioner.[13]

Beaumont was nominated High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire in 1957, representing the county also as Justice of the Peace.[13] He was chairman of the Montgomeryshire County Agriculture Executive Committee and served as a member of the Council on Tribunals from 1958.[13] Having been previously a Deputy Lieutenant, he became Vice Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire in 1962 until his death in 1977.[10] Beaumont was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year's Honours 1967.[14]

Family

On 22 March 1926, he married Helena Mary Christine Wray, younger daughter of Brigadier Cecil Wray, at St George's, Hanover Square, and had by her three children.[15] Beaumont's wife died in 1962 and he survived her until 1977; he was buried at St Peter's Church, Machynlleth.[10] His older son was the Rhodesian politician John Ralph Beaumont.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Hansard, Hon. Ralph Beaumont". http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/people/hon-ralph-beaumont. Retrieved 4 November 2009.  
  2. ^ a b Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929). Armorial Families. vol. I. London: Hurst & Blackett. pp. 122.  
  3. ^ London Gazette: no. 33742, p. 5180, 7 August 1931. Retrieved on 4 November 2009.
  4. ^ London Gazette: no. 34073, p. 4815, 27 July 1934. Retrieved on 4 November 2009.
  5. ^ London Gazette: no. 34653, p. 5547, 11 August 1939. Retrieved on 4 November 2009.
  6. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38725, p. 446, 30 September 1949. Retrieved on 4 November 2009.
  7. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38256, p. 2257, 6 April 1948. Retrieved on 4 November 2009.
  8. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38842, p. 847, 17 February 1950. Retrieved on 4 November 2009.
  9. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40729, p. 1503, 9 March 1956. Retrieved on 4 November 2009.
  10. ^ a b c "Welsh Biography Online - BEAUMONT, Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. RALPH EDWARD BLACKETT". http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/s6-BEAU-BLA-1901.html. Retrieved 4 November 2009.  
  11. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Portsmouth Central". http://www.leighrayment.com/commons/Pcommons2.htm. Retrieved 4 November 2009.  
  12. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd edition ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.  
  13. ^ a b c Who Is Who 1963. London: Adam & Charles Black. 1963. pp. 247.  
  14. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44210, p. 10, 30 December 1966. Retrieved on 4 November 2009.
  15. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Hon. Ralph Edward Blackett Beaumont". http://www.thepeerage.com/p532.htm#i5313. Retrieved 21 December 2006.  

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Glenvil Hall
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth Central
19311945
Succeeded by
Julian Snow
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