|Corry||John Beaumont||Lieutenant||CORRY, JOHN BEAUMONT, Lieutenant, was born at Croydon 21 August 1874, second son of John Corry, JP, and Margaret Corry. He was educated at St Paul's School, and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (Pollock Medallist), and joined the Royal Engineers 27 February 1894; became Lieutenant 27 February 1897. He served on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98, and took part in operations on the Samara, and in the relief of Gulistan and in the Tirah Campaign, including the capture of the Sampagha and Arhanga Passes; operations in the Waran and Bazar Valleys, and other engagements (Medal with two clasps). He again saw active service in the Mekran Expedition in 1901, including the capture of Nodiz Fort, where he was severely wounded. He was the leader of the attack, and killed the opposing leader, Mohammed Ali Khan (24 December 1901). He was mentioned in Despatches; received a clasp to the Medal, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 2 September 1902]: "John Beaumont Corry, Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. For services during the capture of Nodiz Fort". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, India, and presented at Delhi 27 December 1902. He was promoted Captain 1 April 1904, and served with the 3rd Sappers and Miners until 1913. He received the Delhi Durbar Medal, and later was sent to Somaliland to strengthen the defences of Berbera. In 1912-13 he was employed in building roads and bridges in Assam; came home on a year's leave in 1913-14, and was then appointed to Military Works, Bannu, North-West Province; became Major, 1914. He received his orders for the front to the Great War in August 1914; was delayed at Karachi and at the base; rejoined the 3rd Sappers and Miners, and reached the fighting line only two days before he was killed by shell near Sailly-sur-la-Lys 4 November 1914. He was a member of the Alpine Club, and climbed in Kashmir in 1911, making several new ascents.|
DSO, Delhi Durbar 1903, IGS 1895 (3) Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Samana 1897, Tirah 1897-98 (Lieut., R.E. 4th Cy. Bo. S. & M.). Spink 25 Sep 01.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)