Lewis Anthony Beaumont

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Admiral Sir Lewis A. Beaumont.
Image: Department of National Defence.

Admiral SIR Lewis Anthony Beaumont, G.C.B., K.C.M.G., F.R.G.S., Royal Navy (19 May, 1847 – 19 June, 1922) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Beaumont entered the service with the December 1860 intake term at Britannia, his examination scores ranking him fifteenth of thirty-four candidates accepted for naval cadetships.[1]

Beaumont was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1882.[2]

He was serving as Naval Attaché for Europe in 1882.[3]

Beaumont commanded the armoured cruiser Narcissus in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1890. His ship acted as part of Fleet Number 1 which was itself playing the role of the Royal Navy fending off attacks on British trade routes.[4]

On 3 July, 1894, Beaumont was appointed to the President, additional, for temporary service, and on 1 September he was appointed Director of Naval Intelligence.

Flag Rank

Beaumont was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 23 August, 1897, vice Markham.[5]

On the occasion of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (the future King George VI and Queen Mary) to Australia, Beaumont was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (K.C.M.G.) on 23 July, 1901.[6]

Beaumont was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral dated 1 September, 1902, vice Lloyd.[7]

On 9 November, 1904, he was appointed an Ordinary Member, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) in the King's birthday honours.[8]

Beaumont was confirmed in the rank of Admiral on 17 October, 1906, vice Oxley.[9]

On the occasion of King George V's coronation he was appointed an Additional Member of the First Class, or Knight Grand Cross, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (G.C.B.) on 19 June, 1911.[10]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, he was placed on the Retired List on 19 May, 1912.[11]


  • "A Link with the Old Navy" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 21 June, 1922. Issue 43063, col E, p. 10.


  • Papers in the possession of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John O. Hopkins
Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty
1 Jan, 1883[12]
Succeeded by
The Rt. Hon. Lord Walter Kerr
Preceded by
Arthur C. Curtis
Captain of H.M.S. Canada
10 Sep, 1886[13]
Succeeded by
Herbert W. Dowding
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Mohawk
22 Jul, 1890 – c. 22 Aug, 1890
Succeeded by
Edward H. Gamble
Preceded by
Gerard H. U. Noel
Captain of H.M.S. Narcissus
22 Jul, 1890 – c. 23 Aug, 1890
Succeeded by
John H. Bainbridge
Preceded by
Walter Stewart
Captain of H.M.S. Thunderer
17 Mar, 1891[14]
Succeeded by
Richard H. Hamond
Preceded by
Armand T. Powlett
Captain of H.M.S. Active
1 Aug, 1891[15]
Succeeded by
George L. Atkinson
Preceded by
Armand T. Powlett
Commodore Second Class in Command of the Training Squadron
1 Aug, 1891[16]
Succeeded by
Robert H. Harris
Preceded by
Hugo L. Pearson
Captain of H.M.S. Excellent
12 Jun, 1893[17] – 2 Jul, 1894[18]
Succeeded by
Archibald L. Douglas
Preceded by
Cyprian A. G. Bridge
Director of Naval Intelligence
1 Sep, 1894[19] – 19 Mar, 1899[20]
Succeeded by
Reginald N. Custance
Preceded by
Henry St. L. Bury Palliser
Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station
22 Jun, 1899[21]
Succeeded by
Andrew K. Bickford
Preceded by
Hugo L. Pearson
Commander-in-Chief, Australian Station
1 Oct, 1900[22]
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur D. Fanshawe
Preceded by
Sir Edward H. Seymour
Commander in Chief, Plymouth Station
20 Mar, 1905[23]
Succeeded by
Sir Wilmot H. Fawkes
Court Appointments
Preceded by
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Fisher
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
25 Jan, 1911[24]
Succeeded by
Sir Edmund S. Poë


  1. "Military And Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec 12, 1860; pg. 10; Issue 23801.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 25123. p. 3031. 30 June, 1882.
  3. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1882. p. 129.
  4. "Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 19, 1890; pg. 12; Issue 33068.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 26885. p. 4726. 24 August, 1897.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 27338. p. 4950. 26 July, 1901.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 27473. p. 5889. 12 September, 1902.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27732. p. 7255. 9 November, 1904.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 27959. p. 7017. 19 October, 1906.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28505. p. 4588. 19 June, 1911.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 28610. p. 3685. 21 May, 1912.
  12. Beaumont Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 88.
  13. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 200.
  14. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 258.
  15. The Navy List. (March, 1892). p. 195.
  16. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 23 July, 1891. Issue 33384, col A, p. 7.
  17. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 13 June, 1893. Issue 33976, col E, p. 10.
  18. Beaumont Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/17. f. 92.
  19. Beaumont Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/17. f. 92.
  20. Beaumont Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/17. f. 92.
  21. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 88.
  22. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 90.
  23. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 18 March, 1905. Issue 37658, col D, p. 8.
  24. The London Gazette: no. 28464. p. 1042. 10 February, 1911.