Paul Charles BEAUMONT

Badge Number: MS250

BEAUMONT, Paul Charles

Service Number: 244
Enlisted: 5 February 1915, Keswick South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Jamestown, South Australia, 13 July 1896
Home Town: Malvern, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide High School, St Peter's College & University of Adelaide
Occupation: Student
Died: Natural causes, Gordon, New South Wales, 13 December 1962, aged 66 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Hackney St Peter's College Honour Board, Unley St. Augustine's Church Roll of Honour, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

5 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 244, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 244, 27th Infantry Battalion
5 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick South Australia Australia
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Geelong (A2)
12 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 244, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
6 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 244, 7th Light Trench Mortar Battery, Battle for Pozières
10 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 244, 27th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
7 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Surname: BEAUMONT; Given Names: Paul Charles; Date of Birth: 13 July 1896; Date of Enlistment: 5 February 1915; Trade or Calling: Student; Birth Location: Jamestown; Address prior to enlistment: 53 Cambridge Tce Malvern ; Photograph sent by: Paul C Beaumont
Source: State Records SA

Paul Beaumont was born in Jamestown, the son of the Rev Charles Saltmarsh  BEAUMONT and Mrs Emily Mary nee EKERS.  They later moved to Adelaide

His name appears in the public record in 1910 when he won the McCulloch History scholarship to study at St Peter's College.  He attended Adelaide High School; included among his colleagues were Charles Bertram (

Paul Beaumont enlisted early in 1915 having completed the initial stage of his university studies in late 1914 as detailed in the Register newspaper . (see Trove article).  He was assigned briefly to the 2nd Division Signals Company but was subsequently transferred to the 27th Battalion, and he embarked with the first draft of the Battalion at Outer Harbour on 31 May 1915 aboard the HMAT Geelong.

See the 27th Battalion unit page for further detail about their operations at ANZAC.

Paul served at ANZAC, embarking from Alexandria on the 4th September 1915 with the Battalion main body and served throughout the campaign until the evacuation.

On the 10 Jan 1916, the 27th Battalion embarked from MUDROS for Alexandria 

In Egypt a significant re-organisation took place and the AIF prepared to embark for France which the 27th Battalion did on the  5th March 1916.

Paul Beaumont was attached to the 7th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery in Armentieres on the 7 Apr 1916, and subsequently, on 22 April 1916 he transferred to the 2nd Division Artillery, specifically to the (Medium)Trench Mortar Battery.  In this capacity he served throughout the campaigns at Pozieres and Mouquet Farm, a brief foray into Belgium and then a return to the Somme for Flers and Guedecourt though the balance of 1916.

He had a period of hospitalisation from 10 April 1917 until 17 May 1917 when he re-joined his unit.

On the 10th August 1917, as the Third Ypres campaign was getting underway he transferred back to the 27th Battalion.

On the 6 Oct 1917 he was recorded as  Wounded in Action gunshot (or General Shrapnel?)  wound to both thighs necessitating evacuation to the UK, and on 10 Oct 1917 he was admitted to the 6th General Hospital.

Between 10 Oct 1917 - 30 Jun 1918 – he was moved through a succession of hospitals including 3rd Auxiliary Hospital Dartford before being embarked for return to Australia.

Paul Beaumont’s wounds were sufficiently serious to render him medically unfit for further service so he was returned to Australia.

After the war his name appeared in numerous newspaper articles relating to results at Adelaide University in 1921 where it appears he undertook degrees in economics and medicine. His receipt for his war medal was signed at the King's School in Parramatta NSW in 1922, 


1914/15 Star 4893

British War Medal 3370

Victory medal 3329 - received in 1922 at the Kings School Parramatta NSW


Researched and compiled by Steve Larkins October 2013