Salonica (Thessaloniki), Ottoman Empire
|Died||25 April 1941
|Buried||Cebeci Askerî Şehitliği|
|Allegiance|| Ottoman Empire
|Years of service||Ottoman Empire: 1903 – November 1918
|Commands held||Chief aide-de-camp of the commander of the Second Army
Chief aide-de-camp of the commander of the Seventh Army
World War I
Turkish War of Independence
|Other work||Member of the TBMM
Member of the administrative board of the Türkiye İş Bankası
Salih Bozok (1881 – April 25, 1941) was an officer of the Ottoman Army and later the Turkish Army and a politician of the Republic of Turkey. He was the chief aide-de-camp of Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk), the founder of modern Turkey.
Bozok was a close childhood and lifelong friend of Atatürk, both having been born in 1881 in Salonica and having attended the Monastir Military High School together. On November 10, 1938, upon witnessing the dead body of Atatürk in the latter's bedroom of Dolmabahçe Palace, a distraught and stunned Bozok stepped outside and shot himself through the chest with a pistol. However, the bullet narrowly missed his heart, and Bozok did not succumb to his fatal wound until April 1941.
Bozok's life and friendship with Atatürk was depicted in the successful 2010 Turkish film Veda.
- (Can Dündar), Yaveri Atatürk'ü Anlatıyor, Doğan Kitapçılık, Istanbul, 2001.
- (Cemil S. Bozok), Hep Atatürk'ün Yanında, Çağdaş Yayınları, Istanbul, 1985.
Medals and Decorations
- Medal of Independence with Red Ribbon
- Türk Parlamento Tarihi Araştırma Grubu, TBMB - II. Dönem 1923-1927 - III. Cilt: II. Dönem Milletvekillerin Özgeçmişleri, Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi Vakfı Yayınları, Ankara, 1995, ISBN 975-7291-04-8, pp. 155-156.
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