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VC566   Abraham Acton

BORN   17 December 1892

DIED   16 May 1915   AGE   22

VC Won    21 December 1914   AGE   22

Place VC Won   Rouges Bancs, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1914

Name   Abraham Acton   No.   10694   POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   566   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Border Regiment, 2nd Battalion

Later   Kings Own Royal Border Regiment

Now   The Duke of Lancasters Regiment

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Private

Place Of Birth   4 Regent Square, Senhouse Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria, England

Place Of Death   Festubert, Pas de Calais, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Location unknown, Pas de Calais, France


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Named on the Le Touret Memorial to the Missing (CWGC)   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   18 February 1915

VC Presented   29 November 1916, King George V, Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Named on Le Touret Memorial to the Missing (Panel 19-20), Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-l'Avoue, Pas de Calais, France

P  Named on  War Memorial, St James's Church, Whitehaven, Cumbria

P  Memorial near place of birth, 45 Roper  Street, Whithaven, Cumbria

Acton Court, Whitehaven, Cumbria

Name on war memorial, Douglas, Isle of Man

Memorial, St Matthews Church, Douglas, Isle of Man

Memorial, Crosthwaite Memorial School, Whitehaven, Cumbria

P  Named on memorial bench, Orange Order, Helens Tower, Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France

P  Named on Regimental Victoria Cross Memorial, Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle, Cumbria

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, War Memorial, St Nicholas Church Gardens, Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria

By The Way…

Abraham Acton’s mother and father moved to the Isle of Man, after the war. Hence the name on the war memorial in Douglas

VC Held By

The Beacon, Whitehaven, Cumbria, England



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