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Hugh Benson[1]

Male 1882 - 1944


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  • Born  28 Jul 1882  Farningham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Emigration  Lived in South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Resided  Underberg, Natal, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  12 Jul 1944  Stalag 4B - captured at Tobruk (21 June 1942 35, 000 surrendered to Rommel) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I0478  The Bird Tree
    Last Modified  10 May 2013 

    Father  William Cole Benson,   b. 3 Aug 1850, Islington East, Middx Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1898, Camperdown, Natal, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Marion Eliza Johnson,   b. 28 Feb 1847, Milton, Gravesend, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1929, 12 The Crescent, Barnes, Mortlake, Richmond, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  9 Apr 1874  Saint Matthew, Redhill, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F144  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary (unknown), Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Durban, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F163  Group Sheet

  • Photos

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    Royal Durban Light Infantry
    Royal Durban Light Infantry
    Emblem of the Royal Durban Light Infantry
    Benson - Alick, Marjorie and Hugh as children
    Benson - Alick, Marjorie and Hugh as children
    A photo of William and Marion's surviving children, Alick, Marjorie and Hugh.
    Benson - Corporal Hugh Benson
    Benson - Corporal Hugh Benson
    On the CWGC Memorial outside Berlin
    Benson - Hugh 'Pops' Benson funeral
    Benson - Hugh "Pops" Benson funeral
    Hugh "Pops" Benson military funeral at Stalag 1VB in June 1944.
    Benson - Moth Garden of Remembrance, Underberg
    Benson - Moth Garden of Remembrance, Underberg
    Memorial for World War II soldiers 1939-1945
    BENSON H.
    HAYES J.P.
    McKENZIE E.C.
    NICHOLSON J.
    SOLOMON S.O.
    TAYLOR G.K.
    TRELEAVEN T.
    ATWELL C.L.
    MALCOLM G.
    Benson - Private Hugh Benson ?
    Benson - Private Hugh Benson ?
    Service record sheet provided by Pretoria of Private Hugh Benson ... not even Corporal !
    Benson - Stalag IV B
    Benson - Stalag IV B
    Stalag IV B where Hugh Benson was POW between about June 1942 and his death in July 1944
    Benson - Survival at Stalag IV B
    Benson - Survival at Stalag IV B
    An excellent book "Survival at Stalag IV B" by Tony Vercoe
    Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
    Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
    Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Distinguished Conduct Medal which Hugh BENSON may have been awarded during WW1.
    Hugh Benson OBE
    Hugh Benson OBE
    Captain Hugh Benson received the OBE in 1921 / 22.
    Hugh Benson's British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Card
    Hugh Benson's British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Card
    This is the medal card for Hugh Benson, including his address in South Africa.
    Military Cross
    Military Cross
    Was this awarded to Hugh Benson during WW1 ?
    OBE
    OBE
    Order of the British Empire
    Tobruk
    Tobruk
    POW's captured at Tobruk June 1942
    Tobruk - Maj Gen H B Klopper
    Tobruk - Maj Gen H B Klopper
    Surrendered fortress of Tobruk to General Rommel.
    Tobruk - POW's (1)
    Tobruk - POW's (1)
    Photo taken by the German's of prisoners captured at Tobruk
    Tobruk POW's (2)
    Tobruk POW's (2)
    Another photo taken by the Germans of prisoners captured at Tobruk

    Documents
    Benson - the official records from WW2
    Benson - the official records from WW2
    The official war records for Hugh "Pops" BENSON as supplied by Pretoria and his death certificate.
    Memories of Life in Stalag 4B
    Memories of Life in Stalag 4B
    Life in Stalag 4B by Canadian William E. Rowbotham RCAF
    Memories of Stalag 4B
    Memories of Stalag 4B
    Memories of Private Allan George Surgeson of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Durban Light Infantry, South African Land Forces.
    Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository
    Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository
    Copy of a letter and certificate received by Graham de Witt regarding Hugh BENSON.

    Histories

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    BENSON LINE  setting the scene
    BENSON LINE setting the scene
    The Benson branch of my tree starts around 1750 in Passenham, Northamptonshire with the birth of Thomas Benson. In 1771 he probably married Mary Littleford before going on to have six children.
    CWGC - Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
    CWGC - Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
    Hugh Benson, who fought in three wars and who was given a military funeral by the Germans in a German POW camp, is remembered on this memorial.
    Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
    Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
    At one point I thought Hugh Benson may have been awarded the DCM during action in WW1, but this turned out not to be the case.
    Hugh 'Pop' Benson (1882 - 1944)
    Hugh 'Pop' Benson (1882 - 1944)
    Corporal Hugh 'Pop' Benson OBE, Major, MC .... or perhaps not ? After fighting in three wars, he died aged 62 in a POW camp, given military honours by friend and foe alike. He was "generous to a fault, kindly, and often took guard duties and unpleasant chores away from younger chaps in the Regiment." A fascinating story.
    Military Cross (MC)
    Military Cross (MC)
    According to the July 1967 RDLI regimental magazine called "FLASH", Hugh BENSON had received the MC during WW1. I have found nothing to corroborate this.
    South African Military History Society
    South African Military History Society
    I was trawling through the internet as you do and copied this article (http://samilitaryhistory.org/3/d03mayne.html) about a striking and most unusual talk by Professor Philip Everitt entitled Bagged but Cheerful: A POW at Tobruk. Little did I know at the time that the British POW being given the military funeral was Hugh 'Pop' Benson.
    STALAG 1V B
    STALAG 1V B
    Hugh Benson was in this POW camp up until his death on 12th July 1944. Stalag 4B was in Mulhberg, Germany south of Berlin, north east of Leipzig and north west of Dresden.
    The Mount, Sparepenny Lane, Farningham, Dartford DA4 0JH
    The Mount, Sparepenny Lane, Farningham, Dartford DA4 0JH
    Sparepenny Lane got its name in the 18th century when you could spare a penny by using the lane instead of the toll road at the other end of the village. The Mount is one of three large manor houses in the village.
    World War 2
    World War 2
    These relatives gave their lives for their country and are remembered
    Royal Durban Light Infantry
    Royal Durban Light Infantry
    1st battalion of the Royal Durban Light Infantry
    Tobruk
    Tobruk
    A lot has been written about these battles but little did I know at the time but I had relatives from both my adopted and birth families taking part.

  • Sources 
    1. [S02340] sues family.FTW.
      Date of Import: 25 May 2007