23 March 2008

Victoria Cross: J. Cook


Captain, Bengal Staff Corps

Born: 28 August 1843, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 19 December 1879, Sherpur, Afghanistan

Citation: For a signal act of valour at the action of the Peiwar Kotal on the 2nd December, 1878, in having, during a very heavy fire, charged out of the entrenchments with such impetuosity that the enemy broke and fled, when, perceiving, at the close of the mêlée, the danger of Major Galbraith, Assistant Adjutant-General, Kurum Column Field Force, who was in personal conflict with an Afghan soldier, Captain Cook distracted his attention to himself, and aiming a sword cut which the Douranee avoided, sprang upon him, and, grasping his throat, grappled with him.
They both fell to the ground. The Douranee, a most powerful man, still endeavouring to use his rifle, seized Captain Cook's arm in his teeth, until the struggle was ended by the man being shot through the head.

(London Gazette Issue 24697 dated 18 Mar 1879, published 18 Mar 1879.)

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