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BensonHenry2304Private4th RPR
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Railway Pioneer Regiment
BensonHenry2804Source: Attestation papers. See image on this site.Railway Pioneer Regiment
BensonHenry WightmanMajorBENSON, HENRY WIGHTMAN, Major, was born 22 July 1855, at the Manor House, Teddington, Middlesex, son of General Henry Roxby Benson, CB, Colonel, 17th Lancers, and Mary Henrietta, daughter of the Honourable Sir William Wightman, Judge of Queen's Bench. He was educated at Eton, and at Brasenose College, Oxford. He rowed in Eton Eight, 1873; Oxford Eight, 1874; Leander Eight, 1875. At Eton he won the J-mile, also sculling and pairs twice. He joined the 1st West India Regiment as Sub-Lieutenant, from the Militia, 15 July 1876; became Lieutenant, West India Regiment, 15 July 1876; East Surrey Regiment 18 September 1879; Captain, 10 August 1884; was Adjutant, Militia, 1 January 1892 to 31 December 1897; became Major 8 February 1895. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902. He was in command 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment 2 May to 30 June, 1900, and 17 December 1901 to 16 January 1902. He took part in the operations in Natal, March to June, 1900, including action at Laing's Nek. Operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900, to 31 May 1902. He was twice mentioned in Despatches by Sir Redvers Buller. 19 June and 9 November 1900 [London Gazette, 8 February 1901], and by Lord Kitchener, 29 July 1902; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Henry Wightman Benson, Major, East Surrey Regiment In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". (The Insignia, etc, were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and presented there.) He retired as Major, for age, 22 July 1903, and was made Honorary Lieutenant Colonel for Home Service in raising a Battalion. Became Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 1 October 1914; Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 6 March, 1917.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
East Surrey Regiment
BensonHorace508PrivateSource: OZ-Boer databaseWest Australia, 6th Mounted Infantry Contingent
BensonHugh25162PrivateSource: QSA Medal Rolls51st Company, 12th Btn, IY
BensonJ3525Private3rd Battalion
Source: QSA roll
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
BensonJ2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
East Yorkshire Regiment
BensonJ2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
(Prince of Wales's Own) West Yorkshire Regiment
BensonJ7685Private5th Battalion
Demise: Died of disease 06 Feb 1901
Place: Bloemfontein
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
BensonJ3285SapperDemise: Died of disease 06 Feb 1901
Place: Norvals Pont
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
Royal Engineers, Field Company, 7th
BensonJ1st Battalion
Source: Medal rolls
Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadia
BensonJ 5136Private2nd Btn. Killed at Willow Grange. 23 Nov 1899.
Source: Natal Field Force Casualty Roll, page 65 line 4
(Prince of Wales's Own) West Yorkshire Regiment
BensonJ3285SapperDied from disease at Norval's Point 6 Feb 1901. QSA (4) sent to brother 26 Aug 1903.

QSA (4) CC OFS Tr SA01

TNA ref 155/59; 155/76
Royal Engineers, Field Company, 7th
BensonJPrivateQSA (1)
Source: List of QSAs with the clasp Defence of Kimberley
Kimberley TG
BensonJ5939Private1st Battalion
Demise: Died of wounds 18 Feb 1900
Place: Paardeberg
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
(Princess of Wales's Own) Yorkshire Regiment
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