Major Frederick Elton VC

On 29th March 1855, in the Crimea, Major Elton, with a small number of men, drove off a party of Russians who were destroying one of the new detached works, taking one prisoner himself. On 7th June he was the first to lead his men from the trenches. On 4th August he was in command of a working party in the advanced trenches in front of the Quarries, encouraging his men to work under heavy fire and working with a pick and shovel himself to set an example.

He was 23 at the time of the Crimean War. He was born in Whitestaunton, Chard in Somerset on 23rd April 1832. He reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel but was not a commanding officer of the regiment. He died in London on 24th March 1888. There is a memorial to him in the Parish Church in Whitestaunton.

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