Abraham Acton (10694 Pte.)

Victoria Cross Recipient
Name Abraham Acton
Born 17 December 1893
Died 16 May 1915 (aged 21)
Rank Private
Number 10694
Battalion 2nd Border Regiment
Action date 21 December 1914
Citation date 18 February 1915
Border Regiment Victoria Cross Citations


For conspicuous bravery on 21 December at Rouges Bancs in voluntarily going from their[1] trench and rescuing a wounded man who had been lying exposed against the enemy's trench for 75 hours, and on the same day again leaving their trench voluntarily under heavy fire, to bring into cover another wounded man. They were under fire for 60 minutes whilst conveying wounded men to safety.[2]


Abraham was born on the 17th December 1893 in Whitehaven, Cumberland and killed in action, Festubert, France, on 16 May 1915, but his remains were never found - he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. His Victoria Cross currently resides at The Beacon in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England.[3]


  1. This citation is also used for James Alexander Smith (6423 Pte.) who was also awarded the V.C. for the same deed.
  2. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29074, p. 1700
  3. Text from the Wikipedia article Abraham Acton
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