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  • Name: Frederick Charles BOOTH
  • D.O.B: 6th March, 1890
  • D.O.A: 12th February, 1917
  • D.O.D: 14th September, 1960
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, British South African Police, attached Rhodesia Native Infantry
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Johannesbruck, near Songea, German East Africa 12 February 1917

12 February 1917

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The First World War 1917 

By the end of 1916, German forces under the command of Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck were confined to the southern part of German East Africa (modern Tanzania). On 12 February 1917 Sergeant F C Booth, Rhodesia Native Infantry, took part in an attack on German forces at Johannesbruck near Songea, which lay inland from Lake Nyasa, north of the Mozambique border. Fighting continued in the area and it was not until November 1917 that Lettow- Vorbeck finally moved his troops south into Mozambique.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery during an attack, in thick bush, on the enemy position. 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. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 June 1917. 8 June 1917, Numb. 30122, p. 5704

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