- Nigel Beaumont-Thomas was born on 17 april 1916 in 11d Hyde Park
Mansions, London. He was a son of Colonel Lionel Beaumont-Thomas, M.C.
and Pauline Grace Beaumont-Thomas (née Marriot) of South Kensington,
London. He was educated at Harrow, before
gaining a BA degree from Trinity College,
- In 1939 he joined Richard Thomas and
Co Ltd as a civil engineer. On 10 june 1939 he commissioned into the
Royal Engineers Militia and on 24 august 1939 he was mobilized as 2nd
- Beaumont-Thomas awarded a Military Cross whilst attached to King's
Own Bengal Sappers and Miners (mentioned in the London Gazette of 21
october 1941). He was a prisoner of war in Italy. When the allies
undertook the Italian Campaign he was released in september 1943.
- Nigel Beaumont-Thomas joined the 4th Parachure Squadron as second
in command in may 1944. He and some 60 engineers of the 4th Parachute
Squadron were taken under command of the 21st Independent Company during
the defence of the grounds of the Ommershof in the northwestern corner
of the perimeter in Oosterbeek. Beaumont-Thomas was mortally wounded by
a mortar burst. He was awarded a mention in despatches for the action at
- According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends
of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) it is not known were his
field grave was. Veterans reported that Beaumont-Thomas was buried in
the Ommershof area, together with Lieutenant Eden, Sapper Yates and two
others. The two other may have been Leo Ackland
and Richard Adderley.