Personal info

  • Name: James Anson Otho BROOKE
  • D.O.B: 3rd February, 1884
  • D.O.A: 29th October, 1914
  • D.O.D: 29th October, 1914
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion The Gordon Highlanders, 20th Brigade, 7th Division

Near Gheluvelt, Belgium 29 October 1914

29 October 1914

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The First World War 1914 

As the 1st Battle of Ypres developed, on 29 October 1914 Lieutenant J A O Brooke, The Gordon Highlanders, led two successful attacks to regain lost positions near Gheluvelt (Geluveld), on the Menin Road east of Ypres. Having regained the lost trench, he was killed while bringing up support.

Citation

 For conspicuous bravery and great ability near Gheluvelt on the 29th October, in leading two attacks on the German trenches under heavy rifle and machine gun fire, regaining a lost trench at a very critical moment. He was killed on that day. By his marked coolness and promptitude on this occasion Lieutenant Brooke prevented the enemy from breaking through our line, at a time when a general counter-attack could not have been organised. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 February 1915. 18 February 1915, Numb. 29074, p. 1700

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