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Regimental History - Soldiers of the Regiment

Victoria Cross Holders of the King's Own Royal Regiment

Private Albert Halton VC

Victoria Cross awarded to Private Albert Halton, number 241457, 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

Born in May 1893 at Warton, Carnforth near Lancaster, Albert Halton was educated in Carnforth. He was working for a local contractor when he enlisted in the 5th Battalion on 15th August 1915. He joined the 1/5th Battalion in France and was wounded on the Somme in October 1916; after recuperating in the UK he was posted to the 1st Battalion. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry during an attack near Poelcappelle on 12th October 1917. The London Gazette published this citation:

“For most conspicuous bravery in attack. After the objective had been reached Private Halton rushed forward about 300 yards under very heavy rifle and shell fire, and captured a machine gun and its crew, which was causing many losses to our men. He then went out again and brought in about twelve prisoners, showing the greatest disregard of his own safety and setting a very fine example to those around him.”

After the war Albert Halton worked for many years at the Lansil Works in Lancaster until his retirement in 1961. Towards the end of his life he lived at Westfield Memorial Village in Lancaster. He was a staunch supporter of the Regimental Association and attended most functions until his death on 24th July 1971. Full military honours were provided for his funeral at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium.

His Victoria Cross and other medals were presented to the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum by his family in 1993.

Report in the Lancaster Guardian of 1st December 1917

Report in the Westmorland Gazette of 1st December 1917

Report in the Lancaster Guardian of 5th January 1918 - Enthusiastic Welcome at Carnforth

Reports in the Westmorland Gazette, January 1918

Private Albert Halton VC
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Private Albert Halton VC, seated on the left, with 1st Battalion comrades including Private Tom Wilkinson, MM, at Arras in 1917.
Accession Number: KONEG0232

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