05 September 2010

Victoria Cross: A. C. Booth


Colour-Sergeant, 80th Foot

Born: 21 April 1846, Carrington, Nottinghamshire
Died: 8 December 1899, Brierley Hill, Staffordshire

Citation: For his gallant conduct on the 12th March, 1879, during the Zulu attack on the Intombi River, in having, when considerably outnumbered by the enemy, rallied a few men on the south bank of the river, and covered the retreat of fifty soldiers and others for a distance of three miles. The Officer Commanding 80th Regiment reports that, had it not been for the coolness displayed by this Non-commissioned Officer, not one man would have escaped.

[London Gazette issue 24814 dtd 24 Feb 1880, published 24 Feb 1880.]

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