Peter Beale (British Army officer)

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Lieutenant-General
Sir Peter Beale
KBE FRCP
Born (1934-03-18) 18 March 1934 (age 80)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1960 – 1994
Rank Lieutenant-General
Service number 465344
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
Other work Chief Medical Adviser to the British Red Cross

Lieutenant-General Sir Peter John Beale, KBE, FRCP (born 18 March 1934) is a retired senior British Army officer. He was the Surgeon General of the British Armed Forces between 1991 and 1994.[1] He also served as the Chief Medical Adviser to the British Red Cross from 1994 to 2000.[2]

Early life[edit]

Beale was born on 18 March 1934 to Basil and Eileen Beale. He was educated at St Paul's Cathedral School, an Independent preparatory school in the City of London, and on a music scholarship at Felsted School, a public school in Felsted, Essex. Following his preclinical studies, he received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge which he attended as a choral scholar. In 1958, he qualified by graduating Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB BChir) from Westminster Hospital Medical School.[3]

Military career[edit]

On 7 June 1960, as part of National Service, Beale was commissioned in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a lieutenant. He was given the service number 465344.[4] On 8 July 1960, he transferred from the national service list to a short service commission. He was given seniority in the rank of lieutenant from 26 October 1959.[5] He was promoted to captain on 26 October 1960.[6] He was the Regimental Medical Officer of 34 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery between 1960 and 1963.[7] On 1 May 1963, he transferred to a regular commission. He was given seniority in the rank of captain from 26 October 1959.[8] He was promoted to major on 26 October 1964.[9] In 1971, having completed his medical training in the form of attaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), he was made an army consultant physician.[3] He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 26 October 1972.[10]

He became commander of the medical force attached to 2nd Division in 1981.[7] He was promoted to colonel on 1 April 1982, by which point he had been elected Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) and attained the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H).[11] He was appointed Commander Medical, I Corps in 1984.[7] He was promoted to brigadier on 28 January 1985 with seniority from 26 October 1984.[12] He was appointed Commander Medical, UKLF in 1987,[7] and promoted to major general on 30 November of that year.[13] He served as Director General Army Medical Services from 1990 to 1993.[3] He was promoted to lieutenant general on 1 October 1991.[14] He served as Surgeon General of the British Armed Forces between 1991 and 1994.[3]

He retired from the British Army on 1 October 1994.[15]

Later life[edit]

Upon leaving the British Army, Beale joined the British Red Cross as their Chief Medical Adviser. He held the post between 1994 and 2000. He was president of the Old Felstedian Society between 1998 and 2001, and the Army Officers Golf Society from 2001 to 2005.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1959, Beale married Julia Mary Winter, a fellow doctor. Together they had four sons and two daughters. One of the daughters predeceased her father.[3] One of their sons is the actor Simon Russell Beale,[16] two sons are consultant radiologists and their surviving daughter is a general practitioner.[17] Julia died in 2000. In 2001, he married for a second time to Mary Elisabeth Williams.[3]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Beale was appointed Honorary Physician to the Queen (QHP) on 21 December 1987.[18] In 1991, he was appointed Commander of the Venerable Order of Saint John (CStJ).[19] In the 1992 New Year Honours, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Letters to the Editor 15 Mar 2007 The Telegraph
  2. ^ Appointments 16 July 2004, The Independent
  3. ^ a b c d e f "BEALE, Lt-Gen. Sir Peter (John)". Who's Who 2012. A & C Black. December 2011. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42075. p. 4511. 24 June 1960. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42106. p. 5312. 29 July 1960. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42178. p. 7275. 25 October 1960. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Lt-Gen Sir Peter Beale, KBE". Debrett's People of Today Online. Debrett's. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43004. p. 4604. 24 May 1963. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 43543. p. 268. 5 January 1965. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45814. p. 12806. 30 October 1972. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48995. p. 7221. 31 May 1982. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50066. p. 3885. 18 March 1985. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51194. p. 308. 11 January 1988. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52713. p. 17247. 11 November 1991. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53835. p. 15267. 31 October 1994. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  16. ^ "Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  17. ^ "Julia Mary Beale". British Medical Journal 320 (7250). 17 June 2000. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  18. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51256. p. 2475. 29 February 1988. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  19. ^ The London Gazette: no. 52490. p. 5092. 2 April 1991. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  20. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52767. p. 5. 30 December 1991. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
Military offices
Preceded by
Nigel Mills
Surgeon General of the British Armed Forces
1991–1994
Succeeded by
Anthony Revell