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Oliver Hugh Wallace Beaumont

Male 1906 - 1953  (47 years)

  • Name Oliver Hugh Wallace Beaumont  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 03 Nov 1906  Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    Residence Apr 1911  6 Coleherne Court, Earls Court Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Education abt 1920 - 1925  Marlborough College Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education abt 1925 - 1928  Pembroke College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Occupation 1933 -  Journalist, The Times  [3
    • Sporting Editor from 1945 [3]
    Residence 1953  52 Chatsworth Court, Pembroke Rd, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Death 28 Dec 1953  Guy's Hospital, Southwark Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 6, 7
    • On Dec. 28, 1953, at Guy's Hospital, in his sleep, Oliver Hugh Wallace, only son of Sir John and Lady Beaumont, 109 Chatsworth Court, W.8. Please, no letters or flowers. [5]
    Probate 27 Mar 1954  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 15,072 10s. 9d.  [4
    • Beaumont Oliver Hugh Wallace of 52 Chatsworth Court Kensington London died 28 December 1953 at Guys Hospital Southwark London Administration London 27 March to the right honourable sir John William Fisher Beaumont K.B. Q.C. Effects 15072 10s. 9d. [NPC]
    • Mr. Oliver Beaumont, sporting editor of The Times, died early yesterday morning in hospital in London at the early age of 47.
      Oliver Hugh Wallace Beaumont was born on November 3, 1906, the only child of Sir John Beaumont, P.C., formerly Chief Justice of Bombay. He was educated at Marlborough and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He became Sporting Editor of The Times after the last war, and had served this newspaper for the whole of his journalistic career after coming down from Cambridge.
      Beaumont was quiet, unassuming, and abnormally modest, and there were several paradoxes in his character. Though essentially very shy he was an excellent mixer and he will be missed not only by his colleagues but by countless friends in all walks of life. He was equally at home with them all. Generous both in mind and in deed he found it distasteful to hurt anyone, and would always find some excuse for shortcomings in others; the greatest tribute to this side of his character was the fact that few ever took advantage of this.
      Yet there was also a strong streak of stubbornness in him. He did not come quickly to decisions but having after much thought convinced himself that he was right he would be adamant. It was tragically ironical that this very trait acted against him at the end. In spite of the pleadings of all his friends he had convinced himself that there was something only temporarily wrong with his health and that it was his duty to carry on with his job, for he was an intensely loyal man. When physically he could stand it no longer he took medical advice, but it was too late.
      Though himself a moderate, but painstaking, player of games, and though having law in his veins, Beaumont decided early to become a journalist - preferably a sporting journalist. He earned his first money as a free lance while still at Cambridge. Later, on the staff of The Times, he was to show those qualities which were evident in his own games - self-effacement, a methodical approach, a wish to know the reason for everything, and the ability to remember what he had learned. He was, above all, a team-man, and had no wish to shine as an individual, for he had no vanity. His amazing memory for sporting details was of the greatest help to his colleagues and was freely offered. That was typical of him, for to help others was more to him than personal ambition.
      A bachelor, Beaumont was at heart a club man. "Women," he declared quite simply, "scare me," and he ordered his life accordingly. His quiet, studious air belied a sense of fun and humour which could be robustly Rabelaisian, and in spite of his retiring modesty he was a brilliant raconteur. Until the last two months there was usually a quip on his lips, and it was a lessening of his enjoyment of fun which first frightened his friends. To the end he did his best to maintain the high standard of journalism which he first set himself a quarter of a century ago. His outlook was straightforward and uncomplicated, and his staff will miss a genial, lovable man who always took cue that they got credit for what was often due to himself. He was a member of the court of the Cutlers' Company, and had he lived he would before long have added his own name to a long list of Beaumonts who have been masters of that company.
      From the moment when in 1933 Beaumont first joined the permanent staff of The Times the office became his second home. In due course when he rose to his final position of authority he was always a rock however the storm blew. His love of and knowledge of sport was wide and his opinions authoritative and unbiased. But entirely humanly, he had his special affections. Chelsea and Plymouth Argyle in Association football and Surrey - "the old chocolate caps," as he would say - stood high in his list. He knew as a friend everybody that mattered in all branches of the sporting world - a rare asset in his editorial post - and there was hardly a sport or game he had not written about at one time or another - 13 or 14 at least. And he was as quick to see through humbug as he was efficient in his day-to-day administration of affairs. But all this mattered the least. What lingers is the fact that he turned the hectic passage of life into a human, gentle thing. [3]
    Person ID I4331  Tatham | Morris branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2013 

    Father John William Fisher Beaumont,   b. 08 Sep 1877, St Pancras Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Feb 1974, Ashford, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Mother Mabel Edith Wallace,   b. 08 Feb 1877, 113 Ebury St, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1958, Princess Beatrice Hospital, Earls Court Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage 16 Jul 1904  Holy Trinity, Sloane St, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [8, 9, 10, 11
    • On the 16th July, 1904, at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane-street, by the Rev. Chas. Wallace, assisted by the Revs. F. H. Tatham [his uncle] and E. H. Lisle Reeve, John William Fisher Beaumont, son of Edward Beaumont, of 12, Inverness-terrace, W., to Mabel Edith, only daughter of William Wallace, of 5, Robston-street [Ralston St], Chelsea.
    John William Fisher Beaumont & Mabel Edith Wallace
    John William Fisher Beaumont & Mabel Edith Wallace
    Marriage register
    Family ID F1310  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 4 b Kensington

    2. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Kensington, 4Q1906.

    3. [S05] The Times, obituary, 29 Dec 1953.

    4. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    5. [S05] The Times, death notice, 29 Dec 1953.

    6. [S05] The Times, obituary, 12 Feb 1974.
      his father John Beaumont

    7. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Southwark, 4Q1953.
      age 47

    8. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 6 yrs

    9. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who.

    10. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Chelsea, 3Q1904.

    11. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 19 Jul 1904.