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Nigel Beaumont-Thomas

Servicenumber : 93266
Rank : Captain
Regiment : Royal Engineers
Unit : 4 Parachute Squadron
Date of Death : 20-09-1944
Age : 28
Grave : Plot 17. Row A. Grave 11.
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, Cambridge.
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 Lieuteant.
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 Arnhem.
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
Picture: 23-09-2012
His heart in England
But his valour here.
In loving and unfading memory
 
Picture: 13-09-2014
 
Colonel Lionel Beaumont-Thomas, M.C. and Pauline Grace Beaumont-Thomas (née Marriot)
 
Picture: 19-09-2016
 
Sources: Website CWGC an website http://www.paradata.org.uk/ 

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