29th January 2015
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed has asked the Government to bring the Poppies from the Tower of London to Whitehaven. This is to commemorate Private Abraham Acton, born in Whitehaven, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for exceptional bravery.
Sections of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London are touring the country and Jamie Reed believes that bringing the exhibition to Whitehaven to mark the centenary of Pte Acton’s death would be a fitting tribute.
Just days after his 22nd Birthday, Pte Acton demonstrated “conspicuous bravery…at Rouges-Banc, 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.”
16th May 2015 will mark 100 years since Pte Acton was killed in action and Jamie Reed MP has written to the Government to ask them to bring the poppies to Whitehaven.
Copeland MP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed MP said:
“Private Abraham Acton is one of Whitehaven’s most celebrated sons. His selfless bravery in the face of real danger, his sacrifice and the sacrifice of all those during the Great War, must always be remembered.
“Under fire, Pte Acton, risked his own safety to assist wounded men. It is only right that we honour this act of tremendous bravery. Last year, the poppies at the Tower of London captured the immense feeling throughout the country, marking the centenary of the start of the First World War. To mark the centenary of the death of Pte Acton, I’ve asked the Government to assist me in bringing the poppies to Whitehaven in tribute.
“We live in an increasingly inter-dependent world and it’s right that the most remotely accessible English constituency from Westminster should experience the poppy exhibition. Our community has a long standing association with our armed forces, we have spent much of our blood and treasure fighting for the national interest over decades and bringing the poppies to Whitehaven would acknowledge that.”