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George Agar Trevor Benson M.C.

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George Agar Trevor Benson was born in October 1896 in County Limerick to parents Arthur and Emily Maud Benson.In 1904 Arthur and his family moved to South Africa but in 1911 George was sent back to England to be educated at Blundell’s, Tiverton, Devon. It was intended that George study for a prize of cadetship at Woolwich Royal Military Academy but when war broke out in 1914 George applied for both Woolwich and Sandhurst, entering the latter in December 1914. After training he was gazetted on the 12th of May 1915 as a lieutenant with an emergency commission into the 2nd Battalion, Middlesex. He set sail for France on the 25th May and by the 11th of June 1915 he was at the front. In May 1916 George was involved in a trench raid near Crucifix Corner and Donnet post. His bravery won him a Military Cross but he had suffered a number of serious wounds. He was sent home to Abbots Bromley on leave, his father by this time was Chaplain at St Mary & St Anne. George was passed fit on 25th July and returned to his regiment. Sadly, on the 28th October 1916 while leading a company of men into action he was killed in action at Les Beoufs. 2nd Lt. Benson has no known grave so is commemorated on Theipval Memorial, France. RIP George Agar Trevor Benson

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