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BensonGeorgeTrooperSource: Nominal roll in WO127Rimington's Guides
BensonGeorge42022TrooperSource: Nominal roll in WO127Rimington's Guides
BensonGeorge ElliottColonelHe died October 31st, 1901, of wounds received in action near Brakenlaagte. He was the son of William Benson Allerwash, Northumberland, was born in May 1861, and educated at Harrow. He entered the Royal Artillery as a Lieutenant in 1880, being promoted Captain July 1888, Brevet Major March 1896, Major February 1898, brevet Lieutenant Colonel November 1900, and Colonel May 1901. He served in the Soudan Campaign, 1885, and was present at the engagement of Hasheen (slightly wounded), and at the destruction of Tamai, receiving the medal with clasp, and the Khedive's star. His next experience of active service was with the expedition to Ashanti, under Sir Francis Scott, in 1895, when he received the brevet of Major and the star. He also served with the Dongola Expeditionary Force under Lord (then Sir Herbert) Kitchener, in 1896, as Brigade Major, Mounted Corps, until invalided, including the engagement at Firket and the operations at Hafir, being mentioned in despatches, and receiving the Fourth Class of the Order of the Osmanieh, and the Khedive's medal with two clasps. He was also in the Nile Expedition of 1898, in command of a force on special service in Kassala district, and was awarded the medal. He was Brigade Major Royal Artillery at Aldershot from January 1st, 1892, to December 31st, 1894. Colonel Benson was selected for special service in South Africa, and served with the Kimberley Relief Force under Lieutenant General Lord Methuen. After the battle of Modder River, he took the place of Lieutenant Colonel Northcott, who had been killed, as DAAG, was present at the action of Magersfontein, and the relief of Kimberley. At Magersfontein he guided the Highland Brigade during the night march, and with unerring accuracy to the point of the hill he had previously at great personal risk reconnoitred. He was mentioned in despatches March 1900, and November of that year, and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel November 29, 1900. A few weeks later he was appointed staff officer to the Rustenburg command, and in May 1901, was given local rank as colonel.  The column which he commanded was attacked on October 31st, in a deluge of mist and blinding rain.  The Boers under Louis Botha, Grobler and Oppermann in overwhelming numbers, swept down on a ridge held by the rear­guard of Colonel Benson's force, and here 123 men out of a total of 160 fell.  Colonel Benson, who at once went to the point of danger, was twice wounded; but continued to give his orders directing and exhorting those under him to hold out.  In this engagement, in addition to Colonel Benson, twelve other officers were killed and sixteen wounded, but the main body and the convoy were saved.  This action has been described as one of the most hotly contested and desperate of the campaign.
Source: Donner
Royal Artillery
BensonGeorge Rankin15403Lance CorporalSource: QSA Medal Rolls75th Company, 18th Btn, IY
BensonHTrooperNatal 1906 (1)
Source: Recipients of the Natal 1906 Medal
Natal Police
BensonH8282Private2nd Battalion
Demise: Died of disease - enteric fever 13 Aug 1900
Place: Pretoria
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
BensonH3rd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
(King's) Liverpool Regiment
BensonH8282PrivateDied of disease. Pretoria, 13 August 1900
2nd Battalion.
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
BensonH194PrivateKilled in action. Goedehoop, 20 January 1902
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
New England Mounted Rifles
BensonH194PrivateDemise: Killed in action 20 Jan 1902
Place: Barkly East Near Goedehoop
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
New England Mounted Rifles
BensonH555Sergeant FarrierServed 29 Sep 99 to 31 May 02.
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Natal Carbineers
BensonHSource: WO100/284New England Mounted Rifles
BensonHSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsPrince Alfred's Volunteer Guard
BensonH C Sergeant Severely wounded at Elandslaagte. 21 Oct 1899.
Source: Natal Field Force Casualty Roll, page 221 line 7
Imperial Light Horse
BensonH C Sergeant Died of wounds at Ladysmith. 9 Dec 1899.
Source: Natal Field Force Casualty Roll, page 221 line 52
Imperial Light Horse
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