Lieut. BENSON was largely responsible for holding the position at
HENU on the 17th March 1944. Although subjected to heavy fire
throughout the day, this officer continued to encourage all around
him and at all times showed personal disregard for his own safety.
When the position was suffering rather heavy casualties he continued
to direct fire and get wounded away. At one time when a mortar bomb
fell on his position killing one man and wounding another and he
himself blown out of the hole and wounded, he just moved around his
men and still gave orders. Once again wounded by a bullet he still
stuck to his position and continued to encourage his men showing
steadiness and great courage.
On 17th April 44, when O.P. HILL in HENU BLOCK was partly in enemy
hands, this officer gathered all spare men and led them into the
counterattack. His quick grasp of the situation and his reaction
contributed in no small way to the recapture of the position. This
action was carried out without orders from his Company Commander due
to the fact that communications were smashed. When I arrived on the
hill he was coolly organising the position and showing great courage
in moving from Section-post to post.
In the hills east of MOGAUNG on 4th June 44, his Company was held
up by the enemy. He quickly moved his Platoon to the flank covered
by his Bren guns, crept to within ten yards of the enemy and then
led a bayonet assault clearing the enemy off, killing four. In this
action it was due to his skill and bravery that the battalion was
able to move forward.
On the 15th June 44, when his Company was ordered to attack
NATTYIGON just east of MOGAUNG he located an enemy strong point
which had LMG's in it. The position had already held up the leading
Company. With great skill and determination he led his platoon into
the attack destroying two LMGs and killing several Japanese before
he was ordered to retire. In this action he was wounded by a bullet
through the thigh, but would not leave his Platoon until it was
safely brought back to the remainder of the Company.
Throughout the whole Campaign this officer has shown courage and
determination of the highest order. he has been an excellent
inspiration to his men.