Captain Frederick Charles Booth VC, DCM

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    BOOTH, Frederick Charles won the Victoria Cross at the age of 27. Sergeant, British South African Police, South African Forces, attached to Rhodesia Native Infantry.

    On 12 February 1917 at Johannesbruck, near Songea, East Africa, during an attack in thick bush on the enemy position and under very heavy rifle fire, Sergeant 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. On many previous occasions this NCO had set a splendid example of pluck, and endurance.
    Later promoted to Captain. Other decorations: DCM

    Captain Frederick Charles Booth VC, DCM (March 6, 1890 – September 14, 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.

    Born in Holloway, North London, and educated at Cheltenham College. Booth was 26 years old, and a Sergeant in the British South Africa Police attached to the Rhodesian Native Infantry during the First World War, when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

    He served in the British South Africa Police in Southern Rhodesia from 1912 to 1917 and his regimental number was 1630.
    Booth died on September 14, 1960, in Brighton.
    Booth is buried at Bear Road Cemetery, Brighton, Sussex, England, in the Red Cross Plot.
    Booth's medal is not publicly held.

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