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James Alexander Smith (6423 Pte.)

Victoria Cross Recipient
Name James Alexander Smith
Born 5 January 1881
Died 21 May 1968 (aged 87)
Rank Private
Number 6423
Battalion 3rd Border Regiment, att.
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]


James was born in Workington, Cumberland on 5 January 1881[3] and died on the 21 May 1968. He is currently resting in Acklam Cemetery and Crematorium, Middlesborough. His Victoria Cross is displayed at Cumbria's Museum of Military Life (Carlisle, Cumbria, England).[4]


  1. This citation is used for Abraham Acton (10694 Pte.) who was also awarded the VC for the same action.
  2. London Gazette, (Supplement) no. 29074, p. 1700
  3. Cumbria's Museum of Military Life. 6423 Private James Smith V.C. Retrieved 6 November, 2014.
  4. The Victoria Cross. The Border Regiment Retrieved 6 November, 2014.
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