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Frederick Beaumont

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Captain Frederick Edward Blackett Beaumont, R.E.

1833 Born in Darfield, Barnsley

1851 Cadet at Woolwich[1]

1852 Joined the Royal Engineers with rank of Second Lieutenant

1854-5 Served in the Crimea

1855-6 Served in the Turkish Contingent Engineers

Served in the Royal Engineers during the Indian Mutiny

Served with Thaddeus Lowe’s Balloon Corps in the American Civil War[2]

1862. Captain F. Beaumont and Captain G. E. Grover both of the Royal Engineers advocated the formation of a balloon unit within the British Army.

1865 Birth of daughter Fredericka Eliza Lillie Beaumont in Farnworth, Prescot, Lancs., to Frederick and Emma Beaumont[3]

1866 Promoted to Captain

1867 With Captain Locock exhibited their tunnel boring machine at the Paris Exhibition, of which he was a juror or associate juror[4]

1867 Royal Engineer Office, Sheerness.

1869 Dissolution of the Partnership between Frederick Edward Blackett Beaumont and Herbert Locock, carrying on business as Manufacturers of Patent Machinery for boring Rock and Contractors for boring Rock, under the style or firm of Beaumont and Locock, at Sheerness. in the county of Kent. Debts due to and owing by the said partnership will be received and paid by the said Frederick Edward Blackett Beaumont, by whom the said business will henceforth be carried on.[5].

c.1870 A member of the Balloon Committee

1872 F. E. B. Beaumont M.P., House of Commons, London.

1874 Major Beaumont R.E. MP, was a member of a sub-committee on balloons which conducted trials of a method of inflating a balloon on the battlefield[6]

1899 Colonel Frederick Edward Blackett Beaumont died in London; buried in Kensal Green Cemetery

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. [1] British Balloon Museum and Library
  3. BMD
  4. The Times May 27, 1867
  5. London Gazette 22 Jan 1869
  6. The Times Sept. 5, 1874
  • Find-a-grave index
  • British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900