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Thomas Dare JACKSON was A.D.C. to Col George Elliot BENSON. When you notice that there was a death rate of 123/160 in one charge, it is easy to appreciate the level of anxiety that the parents of Thomas Dare JACKSON would have felt while their son was engaged in this war.
Sharon Oddie Brown. April 14, 2014.


1901 December 10 The China Mail


Promotion to Lieut. Jackson.

We are pleased to hear that Sir Thomas Jackson[1] has received a telegram intimating that his son Lieut. Jackson, of the 1st King’s own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) has been promoted to the rank of captain. Captain Jackson, who is quite a junior subaltern, went out to South Africa with a mounted infantry detachment and was A.D.C. to Colonel Benson[2] who was killed in a recent severe engagement.  Promotion has probably been awarded for gallantry on the field.

[1] Thomas Dare JACKSON (1876-1954)

[2] George Elliot BENSON. He died of wounds at Brakenlaagte. He was wounded twice before dying, 31 October 1901. …. The column which he commanded was attacked on Oct. 31st, in a deluge of mist and blinding rain. The Boers under Louis Botha, Grobler and Oppermann in overwhelming numbers, swept down on a ridge held by the rear¬guard of Col. Benson's force, and here 123 men out of a total of 160 fell. Col. Benson, who at once went to the point of danger, was twice wounded; but continued to give his orders directing and exhorting those under him to hold out. In this engagement, in addition to Col. Benson, twelve other officers were killed and sixteen wounded, but the main body and the convoy were saved. This action has been described as one of the most hotly contested and desperate of the campaign.



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