Ian Benson was the third Intelligence Officer in Sussex and then became Training Officer for the whole country. He became Camp Commandant at Coleshill House until its closure.
He married his cousin Joan (Wendy) Benson on 17th March 1941 (St Patricks Day).
Their children Jonathon Patrick D’Arcy Benson born 1943 and Gabriel Meredith (Merrie) born 1946.
His father, John Robinson Benson, was a Colonel in Royal Army Medical Corps, and a leading surgeon in Bath before his marriage, subsequently buying a private mental hospital at Market Lavington, Wiltshire, which later moved to Laverstock House, Salisbury.
|Unit or location||Role||Posted from||until|
|Coleshill House, GHQ||Camp Commandant||16 Aug 1943||01 Jan 1945|
|Sussex||Intelligence Officer||22 Aug 1942||16 Aug 1943|
3 July 1938
Temporary Second Lieutenant 4th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment (Territorial Army) based at Amesbury
Wiltshire Depot, Devizes. Adjutants Assistant.
Captain Adjutant at Wiltshires Depot, Devizes - replacing C.F.G. Bond who departed to France with 2nd Battalion.
1 Jan 1941
War Substantive Lieutenant
Joined Auxiliary Units as Intelligence Officer Sussex, replacing C.F.G. Bond who departed to GHQ Coleshill.
6 Aug 1942
1943 - 1945
Became 'Training Officer' covering all areas from Orkney Isles Southward.
Appointed Camp Commandant at GHQ Coleshill House serving until Stand Down in January 1945.
12 Mar 1945
Medically Discharged with rank of Hononary Captain
CART were lucky enough to meet interview and film Ian Benson. In March 2011 he appeared at the CART Tottington Manor event.
The late Captain Ian Benson