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VC344   John Cook

BORN   28 August 1843

DIED   19 December 1879  AGE   36

VC Won  2 December 1878   AGE   35

Place VC Won   Piewar Kotal, Afghanistan

War/Campaign  Second Afghan War, Afghanistan

Name   John Cook   No.    

VC Issue No.   344   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Indian Army, Bengal Staff Corps & 5th Gurkha Rifles


Now   5th Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) Indian Army

Rank VC Won   Captain

Rank End Of Career   Major

Place Of Birth   Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Place Of Death   Takht-I-Shah, Massif, south of Sherpur, Afghanistan

Buried/Location Ashes   Sherpur Cantonment Cemetery, Kabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan


Date Buried/Cremated   21 December 1879

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Church of England Section

Gazetted   18 March 1879

VC Presented   24 May 1879, Lord Roberts VC, Ali Khel, Kabual


Headstone, Sherpur Cantonment Cemetery, Kabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan

Plaque at St Luke's Church, Chelsea, London

Plaque at St Luke's Church, Abbottabad, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan

P  Plaque at St Andrew's Church, St Andrews Fife, Scotland

P  Plaque at St Paul's Cathedral, London

Named on family memorial, Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh

By The Way…

A fine picture of the battle of Peiwar Kotal, is on display at the national army musuem, Chelsea

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The Lord Ashcroft collection I.W.M



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