Painting of Lt Cl Arthur Drummond Borton

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by Henry Grant 1921

This painting depicts Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton VC, CMG, DOO, by the artist Henry Grant in 1921.

Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton VC, CMG, DSO, 2/22nd The London Regiment (The Queen's) was awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery and leadership at Tel Esh Sheria, 3rd Battle of Gaza, on the 7th November 1917, his citation reads:

Under most difficult circumstances, in darkness and in unknown country, he deployed his battalion for attack, and at dawn led his attacking companies against a strongly held position. When the leading waves were checked by withering machine-gun fire, Lieutenant Colonel Borton showed an utter contempt for danger and moved freely up and down his lines under heavy fire. Reorganising his command, he led his men forward and captured the position. At a later stage of the fight, 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 inspiring example to the whole brigade.