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James Wallace Beaton
|Born||17 February 1943
St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
|Years of service||1962-1992|
1971 Station Sergeant
1979 Chief Inspector
1985 Chief Superintendent
Beaton received the George Cross in 1974 for protecting The Princess Anne from the would-be kidnapper Ian Ball during an attack in The Mall, London. He received the Director's Honor Award of the United States Secret Service in the same year. He was made an LVO in 1987 and promoted to CVO in 1992.
In March 1973, Beaton was transferred to the Royalty Protection Squad, A Division, from 14 November as a Personal Protection Officer assigned to Princess Anne. He was given the number 11 in the small team responsible for protecting members of the Royal Family. In 1974, the princess and her then-husband Captain Mark Phillips were returning to Buckingham Palace from a royal engagement. Their car was stopped in the Mall [clarification needed] and a man, Ian Ball, later found to be mentally ill, jumped out and tried to drag the Princess from the car. He shot the Royal Chauffeur, Alex Callender, and a passing journalist, Brian McConnell, who tried to assist. Inspector Beaton was shot three times, including in the chest and abdomen, and sustained injuries to his pelvis while trying to disarm Ball. For his bravery, Beaton was awarded the George Cross; Callender and McConnell were awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal. Beaton remained with the Princess until February 1979.
Beaton served in the Metropolitan Police from 1962 to 1992. He spent the first years of his career Constable on the beat at Notting Hill from 1962 to 1966. In 1966 he was promoted to Sergeant at Harrow Road, and in 1971 a Station Sergeant at Wembley, an Inspector in 1974, Chief Inspector in August 1979, Superintendent in 1983, and Chief Superintendent in 1985.
In 1982 he became the Queen's Police Officer. He retired in 1992, when he became a security manager.
Honours and awards
|George Cross (GC)||26 September 1974|
|Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)||1992|
|Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO)||1987|
|Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal||1977|
|Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal||2002|
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal||2012|
|Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal|
- Michael Ashcroft, George Cross Heroes, 2010
- Beaton profile, stephen-stratford.co.uk; accessed 10 August 2014.
- "Kidnap attempt on Princess Anne". BBC. 20 March 1974. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- "Witness". BBC. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- The London Gazette: . 26 September 1974.
- The London Gazette: . 15 May 1992.
- The London Gazette: . 12 June 1987.