The son of the James Buckingham Bevington, he was educated at a Quaker school in Croydon and University College London. In 1851 he joined the family leather manufacturing firm of Bevingtons and Sons, eventually succeeding his father as head of the company.
In 1859 he enlisted in the newly formed 1st Surrey Rifles as a private. In 1861 he received a commission as an ensign in the 10th Surrey (Bermondsey) Rifles, and rose to become lieutenant-colonel and commanding officer commanding of the unit, renamed as the the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, from 1884-89.
He also took an active part in local affairs as a justice of the peace of Surrey and the County of London, chairman of the Bermondsey Free Library Committee and member of the council of the Borough Road Polytechnic.
A painting of him here .
- Edward T Clarke (1901). Bermondsey: its historic memories and associations.