Arthur Drummond Borton
Son of Lieut.-Col. A.C. Borton, JP
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About Lt.-Col. Arthur Drummond Borton, VC, CMG, DSO
Joined the 60th Rifles in 1902; retired 1910, but rejoined on the outbreak of the 1st World War, awarded the DSO in 1915; Victoria Cross in 1917; appointed CMG, 1918, &c.
Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton VC CMG DSO (1 July 1883 – 5 January 1933) was an English 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.
Borton was born at Cheveney, Kent and was educated at Eton and Sandhurst, before being commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1902 with whom he served in the Second Boer War. In 1908 he left the Army as unfit for general service.
At the start of the first world war Borton was fruit farming in the United States, he returned to England and re-joined The King’s Royal Rifles in 1914. After further service with The King’s Royal Rifles became an observer with The Royal Flying Corps in France where he broke his neck in three places and was declared unfit when his aircraft crashed. Despite this he went to Gallipoli as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve where he won the DSO serving with the RNAS Armoured Cars. Borton was appointed Second-in-Command of the 2nd/22nd London Regiment (The Queen’s) in June 1916, serving in France and Palestine.
He was a lieutenant colonel in the 2/22nd (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment, British Army during World War I when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 7 November 1917 at Palestine, Borton deployed his battalion for attack and at dawn led his companies against a strongly held position. When the leading waves were checked by withering fire, he moved freely up and down the line under heavy fire and then led his men forward, capturing the position. At a later stage he led a party of volunteers against a battery of field-guns in action at point-blank range, capturing the guns and the detachments. His fearless leadership was an example to the whole brigade.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Museum, Clandon Park, Guildford, Surrey.
Arthur Borton's younger brother was Air Vice-Marshal Amyas Borton. He married Lorna Lockhart in 1915.