Acton – Private Abraham

17 December 1893 – 16 May 1915:-

Abraham was born in Whitehaven Cumberland and was employed as a general labourer by United Steel at No 10 Colliery, Lowca, Whitehaven. He was a member of the Juvenile Orange Lodge of England and became the first Orangeman to be awarded the VC in the Great War. He enlisted with the Border regiment in 1914 and served in France with the 2nd Battalion.

On the 21st December 1914, at Rouges-Bancs, in voluntarily going from his trench and rescuing a wounded man who had been lying exposed against the enemy’s trenches for 75 hours; and on the same day again leaving his trench voluntarily, under heavy fire to bring into cover another wounded man. He was under fire for 60 minutes whilst conveying the wounded men into safety.

Abraham was mentioned in despatches twice. He was killed in action at Festubert, France before he could be formally presented with his VC. He is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, as his body was sadly not recovered. He was 21 years old.

In October 1951 his medals were donated to the town of Whitehaven by his brother Charles, and are held at The Beacon Museum.

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