Private Acton VC and Private Smith VC, commemorative paving

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Private Acton VC and Private Smith VC, commemorative paving

Postby mrdeacon » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:05 pm

I have just been informed from Joseph Riston that the commemorative stones to Private Acton and Private Smith will be dedicated this Sunday 21 December 2014.

Here are the times and places were they will be held.

Private James Alexander Glenn Smith V.C. - Workington Railway Station, 12 Noon.

Private Abraham Acton V.C. - Lowther Street, Whitehaven (outside St. Nicholas' Church), 1.30 p.m.

According to Joseph they have done this so that people can attend both dedications if they wish.

Regards Mike.
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Re: Private Acton VC and Private Smith VC, commemorative pav

Postby kerchi » Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:00 am

Shame I won't be able to attend. Would have like to have been there for that.

If anyone else is attending would you mind taking a few photos to share on the forum? ;-)
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Re: Private Acton VC and Private Smith VC, commemorative pav

Postby mrdeacon » Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:29 pm

I am hoping to attend so I will definitely take some photos.

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Re: Private Acton VC and Private Smith VC, commemorative pav

Postby kerchi » Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:36 pm

Thanks Mike :-)
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Re: Private Acton VC and Private Smith VC, commemorative pav

Postby mrdeacon » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:52 pm

Private James Alexander Glenn Smith V.C. - Workington Railway Station.

Until Workington decides what it is going to do with the railway Station the paving stone is going to be kept at Workington library.
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Re: Private Acton VC and Private Smith VC, commemorative pav

Postby mrdeacon » Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:04 pm

Private Abraham Acton V.C. - Lowther Street, Whitehaven (outside St. Nicholas' Church),
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Re: Private Acton VC and Private Smith VC, commemorative pav

Postby kerchi » Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:26 pm

Thanks for the photos Mike :-)

I really hope they remain well looked after and do not fall victim to vandalism.
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Re: Private Acton VC and Private Smith VC, commemorative pav

Postby mrdeacon » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:22 pm

Not Border regiment but I think it is okay to post here.

Private Harry Christian 10210, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. VC.

Paving stone laid at Pennington war memorial at Cross a Moor, Cumbria. Near Ulverston.

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Private Harry Christian VC

Victoria Cross awarded to Private Harry Christian, number 10210, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

Born in 1891 at Wallthwaite, Pennington near Ulverston, Harry Christian was educated at the National School in Ulverston. After several farming jobs he enlisted in the King’s Own in 1910 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion in India. Having returned to England with his unit in December 1914, he went to France in February 1915 and was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry at Givenchy on 18th October, during the Battle of Loos.

The citation in the 'London Gazette' is as follows:-

“For most conspicuous bravery. He was holding a crater with five or six men in front of our trenches. The enemy commenced a very heavy bombardment of the position with heavy Minenwerfer bombs, forcing a temporary withdrawal. When he found that three men were missing, Pte. Christian at once returned alone to the crater, and, although bombs were continually bursting actually on the edge of the crater, he found, dug out, and carried one by one into safety all three men, thereby undoubtedly saving their lives. Later he placed himself where he could see the bombs coming, and directed his comrades when and where to seek cover.”

He was subsequently badly wounded and returned home. In September 1917 he received his Victoria Cross from King George V in Glasgow. This was the first Victoria Cross to be awarded to the Regiment in the war. He later returned to the 2nd Battalion in Salonika and was eventually discharged in 1919. For 40 years he was landlord at the Park Head Inn, Egremont, Cumberland and was a lifelong member of the Regimental Association. He died at Thornhill, Egremont, on 2nd September 1974, aged 82.

His Victoria Cross, and other medals, were purchased in 1974 by the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum.
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Harrys headstone in Egremont Cemetery.
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