Alan Lee Beaumont
24 December 1934|
Newcastle, New South Wales
|Died||21 September 2004
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
|Allegiance||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1948–1995|
|Commands held||Chief of the Defence Force
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
|Awards||Companion of the Order of Australia|
|Other work||President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the ACT|
Admiral Alan Lee Beaumont AC RAN (24 December 1934 – 21 September 2004) was a senior officer within the Royal Australian Navy, eventually serving as Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 1993 until 1995.
Beaumont joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1948, graduating in 1951.
He trained with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy before being promoted to Lieutenant in 1956. He completed a Torpedo Anti-Submarine specialist course with the Royal Navy between 1959 and 1960, and later served periods of exchange service with the Royal Navy and United States Navy as a specialist in the field.
As a Lieutenant Commander, Beaumont served as Executive Officer on HMAS Brisbane during a seven-month Vietnam War tour in 1969. He was promoted to Commander for his service in this position, and posted as Officer-in-Charge HMAS Watson.
Staff postings in Canberra followed, including Director of Underwater Weapons, Follow-on Destroyer Project Officer, Director of Naval Plans, Director General Naval Plans and Policy and President of Officers Selection Boards. For his service as Director of Naval Plans, Beaumont was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours list of 1982.
Beaumont was appointed Chief of Staff to the Flag Officer Naval Support Command in January 1987, later being promoted to rear admiral in June and assuming the duties of Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Development). He was appointed to the post of Assistant Chief of the Defence Force (Personnel) on 5 December 1988, and upgraded to an Officer of the Order of Australia in mid-1989.
Promoted to vice admiral on 11 September 1989, Beaumont assumed the appointment of Vice Chief of the Defence Force, serving in this position until October 1992. For his distinguished command in this position, Beaumont was upgraded to a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List of 1992, becoming the first person to receive three awards in the Order of Australia.
Between the years of 2000 and 2003, Beaumont served as President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the ACT.
Alan Lee Beaumont died on 21 September 2004, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his second wife, Justine, and four children from a previous marriage to Noreen, who had widowed him.
Honours and awards
|Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)||(1992)|
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||(1989)|
|Member of the Order of Australia (AM)||(1982)|
|Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975||With 1 clasp|
|Australian Service Medal 1945–1975||With 1 clasp|
|Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star (5 clasps)||(40–44 years service)|
|National Medal with 2 clasps|||
|Vietnam Campaign Medal|
|Unidentified Foreign Cross|
|Unidentified Foreign Cross|
- Department of Defence - Biography
- Vietnam War Nominal Roll
- It's an Honour - Member of the Order of Australia
- It's an Honour - Officer of the Order of Australia
- It's an Honour - Companion of the Order of Australia
- It's an Honour - Centenary Medal - 1 January 2001
- It's an Honour - National Medal - 14 July 1977
- It's an Honour -National Medal (1st Clasp) - 22 February 1978
- Air Force Newspaper - Funeral for former CDF
- The Multiple Sclerosis Society of the ACT - Announcement of Beaumont's death
- Official photo
General Peter Gration
|Chief of the Defence Force
General John Baker
Vice Admiral Ian Knox
|Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Lieutenant General John Baker