Bernard Paul Gascoigne Beanlands joined the Hampshire Regiment in December 1914. 2nd Lieutenant Beanlands received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2473 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Shoreham on 20 February 1916 and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps later that year. Posted to 70 Squadron, he scored his first victory flying a Sopwith 1½ Strutter on 6 September 1916. In the summer of 1917, he was reassigned to 24 Squadron as a flight commander. After scoring seven victories flying the D.H.5, his squadron was re-equipped with the S.E.5a. With this aircraft, Beanlands scored his final victory on 18 March 1918. Three days later, he was wounded in action and did not return to combat duty.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Bernard Paul Gascoigne Beanlands, Hamp. R. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has brought down three enemy aeroplanes out of control and driven down several others over the enemy lines.