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Henry Roxby Benson (1818–1892) was a 19th-century British General. Born into a distinguished Welsh family[1] he was gazetted into the 17th Lancers[2] as a cornet on 31 January 1840[3] and rose steadily: lieutenant, 15 April 1842;[4] captain, 27 June 1845;[5] major, 23 October 1854;[6] and then lieutenant-colonel, 30 September 1856.[7] Subsequent service in India (where he commanded the 2nd Cavalry at Malwa[8]) lead to further promotions, notably Colonel of the 7th Hussars.[9] Appointed CB in 1861[10] he continued to rise until his final promotion to the rank of General twenty years later. His son Henry Wightman Benson was also a distinguished officer.[11]

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  1. Family progency
  2. “The 17th/21st Lancers” ffrench Blake,R.l.V: London, Hamish Hamilton, 1968 ISBN 0107599161
  3. "No. 19819". 31 January 1840. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/19819/page/ 
  4. "No. 20091". 15 April 1842. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/20091/page/ 
  5. "No. 20483". 27 June 1845. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/20483/page/ 
  6. "No. 21629". 17 November 1854. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/21629/page/ 
  7. "No. 21934". 24 October 1856. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/21934/page/ 
  8. The Times, Saturday, 30 Jan 1892; pg. 7; Issue 33548; col B Obituary
  9. Hussars Colonels
  10. Bulletins and Other State Intelligence 1861
  11. Details of son's career[dead link]
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Hagart
Colonel of the 7th (The Queen's Own) Hussars
Succeeded by
William Thomas Dickson
Preceded by
John Charles Hope Gibsone
Colonel of the 17th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers
Succeeded by
Sir Drury Drury-Lowe

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