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John Cook

  • Birth 28 Aug 1843 Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Death 19 Dec 1879 Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Burial Shirpur, Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Memorial ID 8000867

2nd Anglo-Afghan War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he served as a Captain in the Bengal Staff Corps and 5th Gurkha Rifles, British Indian Army. On the dawn of December 2, 1878, at Peiwar Kotal, as the Afghans fled their positions, Captain Cook with a few men charged and killed a large number of enemy who were trying to rescue one of their guns. During this operation he saved the life of another officer by wrestling to the ground an Afghan about to shoot him with himself being wounded. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was promoted Major and awarded the Victoria Cross on March 18, 1879. He was later killed in actions at Sherpur, Afghanistan.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 19 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8000867
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Cook (28 Aug 1843–19 Dec 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8000867, citing Sherpur Cantonment Cemetery, Shirpur, Kabul, Afghanistan ; Maintained by Find A Grave .