15 January 2018
Update 14 December: In line with government guidance, the Tower of London will be closed from 16 December.
Chris Clawson joins the Tower of London as a Yeoman Warder (more commonly known as ‘Beefeater’) following more than 30 years of distinguished service in the Royal Air Force.
Over the next few months, Yeoman Warder Clawson will learn word-for-word the Story - the script of the famous Yeoman Warder Tour - before being allowed to lead a tour himself. He will also become familiar with each of the 21 separate duties that the Yeoman Warders conduct each and every day.
YW Clawson was raised in Boston, Lincolnshire and currently lives in Keynsham, Somerset. Before joining the Tower of London, YW Clawson was a Flight Sergeant based at MoD Abbey Wood. He has also served with the Royal Air Force in Iraq, Norther Ireland and Oman. Outside work, YW Clawson is a camper van enthusiast and rugby fanatic, having represented the RAF Rugby Union team at veteran’s level.
Yeoman Warder Clawson said:
“I am incredibly proud to be the first recorded Bostonian to become a Yeoman Warder and I can’t wait to get to grips with this unique job. It is incredibly surreal to say I now live at the Tower of London; you are just immersed in the history and grandeur of it all. Throughout my life I have always set goals and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity!”
The Yeoman Warders are descended from the ancient band of warders who guarded the gates and royal prisoners, early in the Tower’s history. Modern Yeoman Warders are still Extraordinary Members of the Queen’s Bodyguard. They are all former warrant officers from Her Majesty’s Forces with an honourable service record of at least 22 years. Today they combine their traditional ceremonial role with a love of history to make the past come to life for visitors.
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk