Neville Elliott-Cooper

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Neville Bowes Elliott-Cooper
Born (1889-01-22)22 January 1889
Lancaster Gate, London, England
Died 11 February 1918(1918-02-11) (aged 29)
Hannover, Germany
Buried Hamburg Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1908–1918
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Commands held 8th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Victoria Cross
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
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.

Early life[edit]

Elliott-Cooper was born on 22 January 1889 in London,[1] the youngest son of Sir Robert Elliott-Cooper. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[2]

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.

Citation[edit]

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.

— The London Gazette, 12 February 1918[3]

He died of his wounds while a prisoner of war on 11 February 1918 in Hannover, Germany.[2]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Fusiliers Museum, Tower of London, England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelleher, JP (2010). "The Royal Fusiliers Recipients of the Victoria Cross for Valour" (PDF). 
  2. ^ a b Elliott-Cooper, Neville Bowes, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  3. ^ "No. 30523". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 February 1918. p. 2003.