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Thomas Beach
January 1824 - 24 August 1864
Inkermann.jpg
Depiction of the battle of Inkerman
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Place of death Dundee
Resting place Eastern Necropolis, Dundee
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Private
Unit 92nd Regiment of Foot
55th Regiment of Foot (att'd)
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

Thomas Beach VC (24 January 1824 – 24 August 1864) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was approximately 25 years old, and a private in the 55th (Westmoreland) Foot, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC:

On 5 November 1854 at the Battle of Inkerman, Crimea, when on picquet duty, Private Beach attacked several Russians who were plundering Lieut.-Colonel Carpenter, 41st Regiment, who was lying wounded on the ground. He killed two of the Russians, and protected Lieut.-Colonel Carpenter until the arrival of some men of the 41st Regiment.

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Thomas Beach was born at Milton Abbas, in Dorsetshire, in 1738. He was a pupil of Reynolds, and became distinguished as a portrait painter. He lived for many years at Bath, and sent his pictures to the exhibitions of the Incorporated Society of Artists, and afterwards to the Royal Academy. Three of his works were included in the Exhibition of National Portraits, 1867. His picture of 'John Kemble and Mrs. Siddons, in "Macbeth,"' is his most celebrated production. He died at Dorchester in 1806.

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John Kemble and Mrs. Siddons, in "Macbeth", painted in 1786, now housed at the Garrick Club in London.

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This article incorporates text from the article "BEACH, Thomas" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1889 publication now in the public domain.

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