Colonel Frederic Edward Blackett Beaumont,
Royal Engineers.

Research by Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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Colonel Frederic Edward Blackett Beaumont shows the following dates of rank, campaign service, and army appointments related to his service in the British Army:[1]

Frederic Edward Blackett Beaumont has the distinction of being a contemporary of General Charles George Gordon (of Khartoum fame). Beaumont's name appears immediately before that of Gordon in the Army Lists from the date of their commissioning.

As a Lieutenant, Beaumont saw active service during the Crimean War. He served with the local rank of Captain in the Turkish Contingent Engineers. For his service he was awarded the Turkish Crimea Medal 1854-56. He was one of the small number of British officers who served with the Turkish forces along the Danube and received the Turkish medal only, and not the British Crimea Medal.

In 1858 Lieutenant Beaumont again saw active service, this time in India during the Mutiny. He served on the Staff of the Royal Engineers during the operations against the mutinous Sepoys. On the 14th of March 1858 he particularly distinguished himself at the capture of the Imambara and Kaisar Bagh and was awarded the Indian Mutiny Medal with the clasp [LUCKNOW].

In 1873 Major Beaumont was placed in charge of railways at the Arsenal at Woolwich. While at the Arsenal, he worked on methods for generating hydrogen for balloon experiments. He was described by his contemporaries as "a man of remarkably inventive talent."

In 1876 he took leave from the Army and was elected a member of Parliament for South Durham. He retired from the Army shortly after his promotion to Colonel in 1877.

Colonel Beaumont died on the 20th of August 1899.


In the CDV Beaumont is wearing an 1857 pattern single-breasted tunic of scarlet cloth edged with blue velvet. The collars and cuffs are of garter blue velvet with a round back gold cord on the edge of the collar and collar seam. The shoulder knots are round back gold cord with a triple twist and silver embroidered grenades. The trousers are dark blue with a gold lace stripe of the Corps pattern, 1-3/4 inches wide, down the outer seam. The forage cap is of blue cloth with a horizontal projecting peak (1861 pattern) and a band of gold lace, 1-3/4 inches wide of the Corps pattern. The cap appears to be missing the gold netted button in the centre of the crown. The pouch belt is of Russia leather, 2 inches wide, with one stripe of gold embroidery 3/8-inch wide on either edge and one wavy stripe (in a scroll) down the centre. The sword belt, worn over the tunic, is of Russia leather, 1-1/2 inches wide, with two stripes of gold embroidery 1/4-inch wide, plain gilt buckles, and a gilt waistbelt clasp with the Corps of Royal Engineers' device in silver. Since the photograph dates post-1861 (from the forage cap design), Beaumont must be a Captain. A Captain's rank insignia consists of a crown and star on the collar. Only the crown is visible in the photograph, with the star being covered by Beaumont's rather luxurious whiskers. His sword is the regulation pattern blade for Infantry, 32-1/2 inches long by 1-1/8 inches wide, hilt of rolled metal, gilt, scroll pattern, pierced and engraved. The sword knot is a round gold cord with acorn. The medal worn by Beaumont consist of the Indian Mutiny Medal with one clasp and the Turkish Crimea Medal with ring suspender.

[1] Sources for Biographical Note:

1. CONNOLLY, T.W.J. Roll of Officers of the Corps of Royal Engineers From 1660 to 1898. Royal Engineers Institute, 1898, p. 33.

2. SANDES, E.W.C. The Indian Sappers and Miners. Institution of Royal Engineers, Chatham, 1948, p. 247.

3. LANE-POOLE, S. Watson Pasha. John Murray, London, 1919, p. 36.

4. BUCKLAND, C. The Medals Year Book. Token Publishing Limited, Devon, 1993, p. 56.

5. HART, H.G. Army List, January 1876, pp. 110 and 127.

[2] Source for Uniform Note:

KEALY, P.H. The Uniforms of the Corps of Royal Engineers Up to 1914. The Institution of Royal Engineers, Chatham, Kent, 1934, pp. 506-507.

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