Major Alexander LaFone, VC

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Major Alexander Malins LaFone, VC

Birthdate: (47)
Birthplace: Seaforth, Waterloo, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 27, 1917 (47)
El Buggar (Zeelim), Palestine
Place of Burial: Beersheeba War Cemetery, Beersheba, Be'er Sheva, South District, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry LaFone and Lucy LaFone (Malins)
Brother of Lillian LaFone; Lucy Beatrice Vangothum; Henry Pownall Malins LaFone; Hilda Crookenden; Violet Grace Stuart-Menteth and 1 other
Half brother of Lilian LaFone

Occupation: Officer in 1/1st County of London Yeomanry; 1891: Engineer Student; 1901: Wharfinger; 1911: East India Merchant
Managed by: Charlene Newport
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About Major Alexander LaFone, VC

ALEXANDER LAFONE fought in the Second Boer War and World War One and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his efforts on 27 October 1917 at Battle of El Buggar Ridge, Palestine.

His citation from the London Gazette reads,

Maj. Alexander Malius Lafone, late Yeo. For most conspicuous bravery, leadership and self-sacrifice when holding a position for over seven hours against vastly superior enemy forces. All this time the enemy were shelling his position heavily, making it very difficult to see. In one attack, when the enemy cavalry charged his flank, he drove them back with heavy losses. In another charge they left fifteen casualties within twenty yards of his trench, one man, who reached the trench, being bayoneted by Maj. Lafone himself.

When all his men, with the exception of three, had been hit and the trench which he was holding was so full of wounded that it was difficult to move and fire, he ordered those who could walk to move to a trench slightly in the rear, and from his own position maintained a most heroic resistance. When finally surrounded and charged by the enemy, he stepped into the open and continued the fight until he was mortally wounded and fell unconscious. His cheerfulness and courage were a splendid inspiration to his men, and by his leadership and devotion he was enabled to maintain his position, which he had been ordered to hold at all costs.

Alexander Malins Lafone, 1870 - 1917, Liverpool Echo, 25th October, 2010


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  • Name Alexander Malins Lafone
  • Residence Place Seaforth, Lancashire, England
  • Gender Male
  • Christening Date 21 Sep 1870
  • Christening Date (Original) 21 Sep 1870
  • Christening Place Waterloo, Lancashire, England
  • Father's Name Henry Lafone
  • Mother's Name Lucy

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Major Alexander LaFone, VC's Timeline

1870
August 19, 1870
Liverpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
September 21, 1870
Liverpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
1917
October 27, 1917
Age 47
Palestine
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Beersheba, Be'er Sheva, South District, Israel