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BENSON INDIVIDUALS

Dr Ahmed Abushady and the Bee Farm, Benson.
"Those who take a stroll up the field path towards the Horse and Harrow, Roke Marsh, on a fine sunny evening are probably quite unaware that they are passing a house which, half a century ago, was famous amongst beekeepers".............

 

Read more details here                                                     Click here to read about Benson honey

 

Mr Bob Cherril
"Everyone round about Benson knew Mr Bob Cherrill, the local carrier. For sixty years his father drove the carriers cart twice a week to Oxford and for thirty-nine years the sons have driven daily - with the exception of Sunday - from Ewelme and Benson to Wallingford"....
 
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William Henry Dines FRS
W.H.Dines set up his own meteorological observatory at Colne House in Benson, where he lived from 1913 until his death in 1927. A Blue Plaque near Observatory Close honours his contribution to the science of meteorology.
Click here to read more about the Dines family
Click here to read about the Blue Plaque
Click here to read about Benson's weather
Dr. Anne Millar
"Dr. Anne, as she was affectionately known, looked after the medical needs of the people of Benson over a 60 year period, in which she gave dedicated service to the village." She died in October 2013.
 
Click here to read her obituary by Dr. Peter Rose
                                                                                                     
Dr. Andrew Millar
Dr Andrew interrupted his medical studies to join up when WWII broke out. He spent four years as a fighter pilot in the Far East, before resuming his medical career and setting up a practice in Benson.
 
Click here to read an article by Dr Andrew Millar (Junior) about his father's career

Rear-Admiral Charles Blois Miller CB

"Rear-Admiral Charles Blois Miller CB., of Brixton Lodge, Crowmarsh Battle (Benson), met his death in tragic circumstances at Berrick Cross-roads on Wednesday afternoon"....................

 

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Freydis Sharland (1920-2014)
Benson resident and former chairperson of the Bensington Society 

 

"Freydis Sharland flew a Hawker Tempest V from England to Pakistan in 1953 to deliver the plane to the Pakistan Air Force, part of a long flying career"...  Read more details about her flying career here

                              Read an article about her wedding anniversary here

         Read about Freydis receiving an award from the Prime Minister 

 

Lieutenant-Commander Frank West, M.B.E. 
Frank West spent his childhood in Benson, living in 51 Littleworth. Later he became a naval hero and was awarded the MBE for “outstanding acts of courage not in the face of the enemy”.
 
Read his fascinating memoirs about life in the early part of the twentieth century in Benson by clicking here
 
Read his memories of his "Grannie West" by clicking here.