21 June 2009

Victoria Cross: J. A. O. Brooke


Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion The Gordon Highlanders

Born: 3 February 1884, Newhills, Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: 29 October 1914, near Gheluvelt, Belgium

Citation: For conspicuous bravery and great ability near Gheluvelt [Belgium] on the 29th October [1914], in leading two attacks on the German trenches under heavy rifle and machine gun fire, regaining a lost trench at a very critical moment. He was killed on that day.
By his marked coolness and promptitude on this occasion Lieutenant Brooke prevented the enemy from breaking through our line, at a time when a general counter-attack could not have been organised.

(London Gazette Issue 29074 dated 18 Feb 1915, published 16 Feb 1915.)

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