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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 167

A Great War D.S.O. group of four to Lieutenant Colonel W. K. Beaman, Royal Army Medical Corps

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel; 1914 Star (Capt: W. K. Beaman. R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Lt. Col. W. K. Beaman.), mounted as worn, the pin removed from the first, otherwise very fine or better (4)

D.S.O. London Gazette 1 January 1917.

M.I.D. London Gazette 1 January 1916 & 4 January 1917.

Winfred Kelsey Beaman was born on 7 November 1882 at Beccles, Suffolk. He was educated at Charing Cross Hospital, London, where he gained the Huxley scholarship in 1901 and the Governor's gold medal for clinical work in 1906. He took the M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Lond. in 1906 and after retiring from the army the M.R.C.P. Lond. in 1923. He served as house-surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital and resident medical officer of the Kent County Sanatorium at Lenham. He entered the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Lieutenant on 28 January 1907, gaining the Parkes memorial medal at the R.A.M.C. College.

He saw service in Crete in 1909, followed by service in Malta between 1909 -1914 during which time he was promoted to Captain on 28 July 1910. With the outbreak of the Great War he returned to the U.K. and formed part of the British Expeditionary Force going overseas on 20 August 1914. He was taken Prisoner of War on 26 August 1914 as a result of being purposely left behind to attend the wounded in the hospital at Landricies. He was sent to Torgau in Germany being released in July 1915.

On his release from captivity he remained in France until 1919 and during this time served as the Commanding officer of 64 Field Ambulance between 1916-19 and was promoted to Major on 28 January 1919. He then saw service in India between 1919 - 1920 but was invalided to return to the U.K.. He went on half-pay due to ill health on 9 October 1922, and retired with an honorary step of rank in the following year. After his retirement he filled the positions of Honorary Physician to the Ministry of Pensions, Mount Pleasant Hospital, Chepstow, and was Honorary Physician to the Pontypool and District Hospital, Honorary consulting Physician to the Chepstow and District Hospital and to the Victoria Cottage Hospital, Abergavenny. Beaman died on 9 May 1929 at the Sanatorium, Durban, Natal, South Africa.

Sold with assorted copied research including a statement by Captain Beaman entitled "Some experiences of a Prisoner of War in Germany with remarks on four Prison Camps".

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