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Letters, 1941-05-17 - 1946-06-03

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 364/1/4

Scope and Contents

This section discusses Benson’s experience during the Second World War. He was an Early Defence Local Volunteer before being called up in May 1941 to serve with the Royal Engineers. In Oct. 1943 he travelled to India, to join Queen Victoria’s Own Madras Sappers and Miners, where he trained Indian army recruits. In early 1944, Benson transferred to the West African Engineers, although he continued to serve in India. He was based at a number of locations, including camps in Bangalore, Kaladam, Chiringa, Taduku and Cuddalore. In the spring of 1946, Benson went to Lagos, Nigeria, where he was demobilised and arranged his passage home.

Benson’s letters describe his living and working conditions, the men he commanded, his fellow officers, army administration, the people and places he visited, and sometimes include notes upon agriculture, markets, art and crafts, and industry. The file also contains a dairy that Benson kept when on leave during the summer of 1945, which includes two photographs (circa 200 sheets).


  • Creation: 1941-05-17 - 1946-06-03

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1 file(s) (1 file) : paper/photograph

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

fair condition.

Finding aid date

2014-10-03 15:51:57+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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