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Memorial details

Memorial type
Serviceman / Servicewoman
District
Tynedale
Town
Hexham
County
Northumberland
Country
England
Commemoration
Boer War; Second (1899-1902), Sudan Campaign (1882-1899)
Maker
JOHN TWEED (Sculptor)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 09th March 1904
    Attended by: FM Lord Methuen GCB GCMG GCVO GCB CB CMG
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
34048
Current location

Beaumont St/B6305 junction
Hexham
Tynedale
Northumberland
NE46 3LZ
England

OS Grid Ref: NY 93452 63920
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
FIGURE OF THE DECEASED ON A STONE PLINTH, IN UNIFORM BUT WITHOUT HAT, STRIDING AND UPRIGHT WITH BINOCULARS IN HIS HAND. PLAQUE WITH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FACE
Inscription
TO THE MEMORY OF A GALLANT SOLDIER/ GEORGE ELLIOTT BENSON/ LIEUT. COLONEL/ IN THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY/ WHO WAS BORN AT ALLERWASH MAY 24TH 1861/ ENTERED THE ARMY MAY 1880/ AND AFTER SERVING WITH DISTINCTION/ IN THE SOUDAN CAMPAIGNS OF 1885, 1896, 1898,/ AND IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1899 - 1901/ FELL WHILE COMMANDING HIS COLUMN/ AT THE BATTLE OF BRAKENLAAGTE OCT. 30TH 1901/ HE IS BURIED WITH THOSE WHO FOUGHT/ AND DIED WITH HIM/ THE UNRETURNED./ ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Benson, George Elliott
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Commemorations
  • Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, date of death,regiment,place of death,forename,place of birth,place of burial,manner of death, surname
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Sudan Campaign (1882-1899)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 1
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, date of death,regiment,place of death,forename,place of birth,place of burial,manner of death, surname
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: depth 5mm, height 890MM, width 600MM
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plinth
    Measurements: height 890MM, width 610MM
    Materials: Stone
  • Figure
    Measurements: height 7000MM
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • STATUE OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL GE BENSON AT SOUTHERN END OF BEAUMONT STREET
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference
  • For Remembrance and in Honour of Those Who Lost Their Lives in the South African War 1899-1902 by Gildea, James 164 Published:Eyre and Spottiswoode 1911 London
  • Register of the Royal Grammar School Newcastle upon Tyne 1545-1954 Compiled and edited by B.D. Stevens, LL.B. contains an entry.
  • The Great Boer War Byron Farwell, Wordsworth Editions, 1977, pp356-3661 gives an account of Lt.Col. Benson’s role in the war and subsequent death.
  • Buildings of England Northumberland Pevsner1992 p.332
  • Hexham Courant 9/11/1901; 7/12/1901; 21/12/1901; 11/1/1902; 22/3/1902; 2/8/1902; 3/10/1903; 23/10/1903; 7/11/1903; 30/1/1904; 20/2/1904; 12/3/1904 (unveiling); 6/7/1904; 1/2/1905
  • Hexham and its Abbey Hodges & Gibson, 1919 p136.
  • Morpeth County Library Frith collection of photographs; Postcard collection shows monument before and after railings were built.
  • www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=7591
  • WMSH51.1

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