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7th November 1917 - Gaza taken


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Third Battle of Gaza ends: British forces capture Gaza from the Ottoman Empire.

 

Order of battle for the British (Allies)

 

XX Corps (commanded by General Philip Chetwode)

10th (Irish) Division

53rd (Welsh) Division

60th (2/2nd London) Division

74th (Yeomanry) Division

 

XXI Corps (commanded by Lt-General Edward Bulfin)

52nd (Lowland) Division

54th (East Anglian) Division

75th (Territorial & Indian) Division

 

Desert Mounted Corps (commanded by General Henry Chauvel)

Anzac Mounted Division

Australian Mounted Division

Yeomanry Mounted Division

 

Arthur Drummond Borton VC, CMG, DSO (1 July 1883 in Cheveney, Kent - 5 January 1933 in Southwold, Suffolk) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross.

 

He was a lieutenant colonel in the 2/22nd (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Territorial Force), British Army during the 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.

 

 

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