THE GRAVE AND HEADSTONE OVER THE GRAVE OF COLOUR SERGEANT ANTHONY BOOTH VC IN ST MICHAEL'S RC CHURCHYARD IN BRIERLEY HILL HAS BEEN VANDALISED.
21 August 2017

Anthony Booth VC died on the 8th December 1899 in Brierley Hill, Staffordshire, and was buried in the town's St Michael's Churchyard. Recently it has been discovered that Anthony Booth's grave has been vadalised the headstone being snapped off at the base and all the kerb sets have been disloged. It is estimated that the restoration of the grave could run into four figures and a project has already been put in place to rectify the damage.



Booth's grave:
before and after
the vandalism


For the award of the Victoria Cross

[ London Gazette, 23 February 1880 ], Intombi River, Transvaal, South Africa, 12 March 1879, Colour Sergeant Anthony Clarke Booth, 80th Regiment ( South Staffordshire Regiment ).

For his gallant conduct on the 12th March 1879, during the Zulu attack on the Intombi River, in having, when considerably outnumbered by the enemy, rallied a few men on the south bank of the river, and covered the retreat of fifty soldiers and others for a distance of three miles.

The Officer Commanding 80th Regiment reports that, had it not been for the coolness displayed by this Non-commissioned Officer, not one man would have escaped.

Anthony Booth was invested with his Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on the 26th June 1880.

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Iain Stewart, 21 August 2017