12 July 2009

Victoria Cross: F. C. Booth


Serjeant, British South African Police; attached Rhodesia Native Regiment

Born: 6 March 1890, Upper Holloway, North London
Died: 14 September 1960, Brighton, Sussex

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery during an attack, in thick bush, on the enemy position [near Songea, German East Africa, on 12 February 1917].
Under very heavy rifle fire, Sjt. Booth went forward alone and brought in a man who was dangerously wounded.
Later, he rallied native troops who were badly disorganised, and brought them to the firing line.
This N.C.O. has on many previous occasions displayed the greatest bravery, coolness and resource in action, and has set a splendid example of pluck, endurance and determination.

[London Gazette issue 30122 dated 8 Jun 1917, published on 8 Jun 1917.]

Note: Songea is now the capital of the Ruvuma Region, in southeastern Tanzania.

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