|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1889|
|Death: ||Feb. 11, 1918|
World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously for his actions as a lieutenant colonel in command of the 8th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, of the British Army on November 30, 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai near La Vacquerie, France. Born the youngest son of Sir Robert Elliott-Cooper at Lancaster Gate in London, England, he received his education at Eton College in Eton, Berkshire, England and The Royal Military College in Sandhurst, Berkshire, England. In 1908 he joined the British Army with The Royal Fusiliers, serving in World War I. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "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." He was wounded and taken prisoner by the enemy and died of his wounds while in captivity at the age of 29 in Hannover, Germany. In addition to the Victoria Cross, he received the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross. His Victoria Cross is on display at the Royal Fusiliers Museum in the Tower of London, London, England. A memorial in his honor resides at the Ripon Cathedral in Ripon, North Yorkshire, England. (bio by: William Bjornstad)
Plot: Grave V.A.16., CWCG section.
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Record added: Nov 29, 2004
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