Frederick Booth

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Frederick Booth
Born 6 March 1890
Holloway, London
Died 14 September 1960
Brighton, Sussex
Buried at Bear Road Cemetery, Brighton
Allegiance Southern Rhodesia
 United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1912 - 1939
Rank Captain
Unit British South Africa Police
Rhodesia Native Regiment (attached)
Middlesex Regiment
Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross
Distinguished Conduct Medal

Captain Frederick Charles Booth VC, DCM (6 March 1890 – 14 September 1960) was a Rhodesian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

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Booth was born in Holloway, North London, and educated at Cheltenham College. He served in the British South Africa Police in Southern Rhodesia from 1912 to 1917 and his regimental number was 1630. He was 26 years old, and a sergeant in the British South Africa Police attached to the Rhodesian Native Regiment during the First World War, when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 12 February 1917 in Johannes Bruck, German East Africa (now Tanzania), during an attack in thick scrub on an enemy position, Sergeant Booth went forward alone to rescue an injured man. He then rallied the poorly organised native troops and brought them to the firing line. On many previous occasions this NCO had set a splendid example of pluck, and endurance.[1]

In 1918 he was commissioned into the Middlesex Regiment and in 1939 served with the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps.[2][3]

Booth died on 14 September 1960 in Brighton, Sussex, England. He is buried at Bear Road Cemetery, Brighton,[4] in the Red Cross Plot.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "(Supplement) no. 30122". The London Gazette. 8 June 1917. p. 5704. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "(Supplement) no. 30520". The London Gazette. 8 February 1918. p. 1921. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "(Supplement) no. 34825". The London Gazette. 5 April 1940. p. 2053. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Victoria Cross Holders interred within or cremated at Brighton & Hove City Council's Cemeteries and Crematorium". Brighton and Hove City Council (Woodvale Bereavement Services). 2010. Archived from the original (DOC) on 6 December 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2016.