b. 06/03/1890 London. d. 14/09/1960 Brighton, Sussex.
Booth was born in Holloway, North London, and educated at Cheltenham College. He served in the British South Africa Police in Southern Rhodesia from 1912 to 1917 and his regimental number was 1630. He 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.
On 12 February 1917 in Johannes Bruck, German East Africa (now Tanzania), during an attack in thick scrub on an enemy position, Sergeant Booth went forward alone to rescue an injured man. He then rallied the poorly organised native troops and brought them to the firing line. On many previous occasions this NCO had set a splendid example of pluck, and endurance.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: RHODESIA NATIVE REGIMENT, HARARE, ZIMBABWE.
BURIAL PLACE: BEAR ROAD CEMETERY, BRIGHTON, SUSSEX.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
RED CROSS PLOT ZKZ-36