Beaumont John William 2/Lt 95522
Name Beaumont John William
Army number 95522
Decorations O.B.E. - Military Division - Gazetted 21/5/1948.
Date of birth 4/12/1919.
Unit Commissioned in the Durham Light Infantry. RARO. Reported ITC 7/9/1939. Posted 9th Bn DLI 8/9/1939. Posted 10th Bn DLI 26/10/1939. Posted to 70th Brigade HQ. Posted 9th Bn DLI 16/1/1940. Served B.E.F. Taken Prisoner of War 1940.
Company/Battery Brigade Headquarters.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Brigade HQ role not yet known - possibly Defence Platoon Commander.
Joined Brigade 26-Oct-39
Promotions 2/Lt 1/1/1941. Captain 1/7/1946.
Prisoner of War 161187 Oflag 7c, 6B, 4C Colditz.
Died/Killed in action 23/8/2006 aged 86. Death registered August 2006, Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Home address Ordained as a priest in 1951 - see the Church Times Obituary for his ecclesiastical career.
Source table 10DLI
His OBE was awarded for gallant and distinguished services (serial escaper) while a Prisoner of War in German hands. To read a Website on escaping from Colditz please see here.
To read the Newsletter of the Colditz Appreciation Society, which mentions Lt Beaumont, please click here.
To read his Obituary in the Church Times, please click here. His DLI Obituary can be found in Issue 15 of "The Bugle" of 2007.