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Collection Level Description: Letters of Major-General Sir Frederick William Benson

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. r. 246
Title: Letters of Major-General Sir Frederick William Benson
Dates of Creation: 1900-1901
Extent: 3 items

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Maj.-General Sir Frederick William Benson (1849-1916), KCB (1910), CB (1901) was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto, and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, serving as a volunteer during the Fenian raids in Canada, 1866, joining the 21st Hussars, 1869, exchanging to the 12th Royal Lancers in 1876, and becoming ADC to the Lieut.-Governor, North-West Provinces, India, 1877. He passed Staff College, 1880, became a Captain in the 5th Dragoon Guards, 1880 and exchanged to the 17th Lancers, 1881. He was Brigade-Major, Poona, 1882-1884, Garrison Instructor, Bengal, 1884-1890 and commanded the Egyptian cavalry, 1892-1894. He was [?Deputy Assistant Adjutant General] (Instruction) Dublin, 1895-1898 and Assistant Adjutant General, Chief Staff Officer, South-Eastern District, 1898-1900. He undertook special service in South Africa as [?Assistant Adjutant General], 6th Division, South African Field Force, 1900-1901 and served at Headquarters, 1901-1903. He was Inspector-General of Remounts, 1903-1904, Director of Transport and Remounts, 1904-1907 and Maj.-General in charge of Administration, 1907-1909.

He was married to Caroline Couper in 1881.

Colonel Hugh de Crespigny Eastwood (1863-1934), DSO (1902) was educated at Eton, entering the Army from the 1st Royal Lanark Militia, 1885 and serving in India, 1887-1888. He was Assistant Adjutant, Cavalry Depot, Canterbury, 1889-1891 and of the King's Dragoon Guards, 1891-1894, served in the South African War, from 1901 to 1902, and was made Adjutant and instructor, Imperial Yeomanry, Aldershot, 1902-1904. He served in Aldershot Command, 1910-1914, was Commandant, Army Cyclist Training Centre, 1915-1917 and Inspector of Cyclist units, 1916-1918.

In 1887 he married Ellinor Smyth, with whom he had three sons and two daughters.

Scope and Content

Three letters from Maj.-General Sir Frederick William Benson to Mrs. Eastwood, wife of Col. Hugh Eastwood who had been severely wounded in the South African War, 1899-1902, describing his activities and the progress of the fighting. The letters are dated Kimberley, 2nd February 1900, Camp Kraalfontein, 17th February 1901, and Mashadodorp, 5th June 1901.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The letters were purchased from Clive Farahar on 23rd December 1996.

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Access Points

Eastwood | Hugh de Crespigny | 1863-1934 | Colonel

Benson | Frederick William | 1849-1916 | Maj.-General

South African War, 1899-1902 | Personal narratives, British

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