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  • Name: Arthur Drummond BORTON
  • D.O.B: 1st July, 1883
  • D.O.A: 7th November, 1917
  • D.O.D: 5th January, 1933
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd/22nd (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment, (The Queen’s)
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Near Tel-el-Sheria, Palestine 7 November 1917

7 November 1917

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The First World War 1917 

As the British pushed north into Palestine from Beersheba they planned to cross the Wadiesh- Sheria near Tel-el-Sheria, about ten miles north of Beersheba. However, the breach in the Turkish line had not been fully opened up and the Turks had reinforced their position beyond the Wadi. 2nd/22nd (County of London) Battalion The London Regiment took part in the British attack here on 7 November 1917 and Lieutenant Colonel A D Borton played a particularly gallant role in the action.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and leadership. Under most difficult conditions in darkness and in an unknown country, he deployed his battalion for attack, and at dawn led his attacking companies against the strongly held position. When the leading waves were checked by a withering machine-gun fire, Lt.-Col. Borton showed an utter contempt of danger, and moved freely up and down his lines under heavy fire. Reorganising his command, he led his men forward, and captured the position. At a later stage of the fight, he led a party of volunteers against a battery of field guns in action at point-blank range, capturing the guns and the detachments. His fearless leadership was an inspiring example to the whole Brigade. 

Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette of 14 December 1917. 18 December 1917, Numb. 30433, p. 13221

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