Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton VC CMG DSO was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Borton was born at Cheveney, Kent and was educated at Eton and Sandhurst, before being commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1902 with whom he served in the Second Boer War. In 1908 he was left the Army as unfit for general service.
At the start of the First World War, Borton was fruit farming in the United States, he returned to England and re-joined The Kingâ€™s Royal Rifles in 1914. After further service with The Kingâ€™s Royal Rifles became an observer with The Royal Flying Corps in France where he broke his neck in three places and was declared unfit when his aircraft crashed. Despite this he went to Gallipoli as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve where he won the DSO serving with the RNAS Armoured Cars. Borton was appointed Second-in-Command of the 2nd/22nd London Regiment in June 1916, serving in France and Palestine.
He was a lieutenant colonel in the 2/22nd Battalion, the London Regiment, British Army, during the First World War, when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.