Obituary: The Late Walter Ibbotson Beaumont

Published on 01 June 1912 in Obituaries

IT is with great regret that we have to record the death of Mr. W, I. Beaumont of Plymouth, a keen field-naturalist and an enthusiastic supporter of our marking scheme, who was accidentally drowned on May 3rd, at Tarbert, Loch Fyne. We are indebted for particulars to Mr. Godfrey Heathcote, who writes as follows :– ” Mr. Beaumont, as you know, had entered with enthusiasm into your Bird-marking Scheme, and spent a great part of the summers of 1910 and 1911 cruising among the small islands off the west coast of Scotland for the purpose of ” ringing ” young gulls and terns. With the intention of carrying on this work during the present summer, he went to Tarbert on the 25th April to superintend the fitting out of his yacht, and had almost completed his arrangements when the fatal accident occurred. It is thought that he must have been attacked with faintness, and fallen from the yacht’s dinghy while in the act of laying out a kedge, for no sound was heard either by those on board the yachts and launches lying near, or by those on shore. He was a skilful and experienced yachtsman, and, with his six-ton single-handed cruising yawl ‘ Hawk-Moth,’ was well known on the west coast from Loch Fyne to Skye. He had been a member of the Royal Cruising Club since last July. He was also a member of the Alpine Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical and Zoological Societies,

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