|Neville Bowes Elliott-Cooper|
22 January 1889|
Lancaster Gate, London, England
|Died||11 February 1918
|Buried||Hamburg Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery|
|Years of service||1908–1918|
|Commands held||8th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers|
|Battles/wars||First World War|
Distinguished Service Order
|Relations||Sir Robert Elliott-Cooper (father)|
Lieutenant Colonel Neville Bowes Elliott-Cooper, VC, DSO, MC (22 January 1889 – 11 February 1918) was a British Army officer and an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
When he was 28 years old, and a temporary lieutenant colonel commanding the 8th Battalion the Royal Fusiliers, British Army, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 30 November 1917 east of La Vacquerie, near Cambrai, France during the Battle of Cambrai.
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Hearing that the enemy had broken through our outpost line, he rushed out of his dug-out, and on seeing them advancing across the open he mounted the parapet and dashed forward calling upon the Reserve Company and details of the Battalion Headquarters to follow. Absolutely unarmed, he made straight for the advancing enemy, and under his direction our men forced them back 600 yards. While still some forty yards in front he was severely wounded. Realising that his men were greatly outnumbered and suffering heavy casualties, he signalled to them to withdraw, regardless of the fact that he himself must be taken prisoner. By his prompt and gallant leading he gained time for the reserves to move up and occupy the line of defence.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Fusiliers Museum, Tower of London, England.
- Kelleher, JP (2010). "The Royal Fusiliers Recipients of the Victoria Cross for Valour" (PDF).
- Elliott-Cooper, Neville Bowes, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- "No. 30523". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 February 1918. p. 2003.
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