Lieutenant Colonel NEVILLE BOWES ELLIOTT-COOPER
Died 11 February 1918
Age 29 years old
V. A. 16.
- Country of Service United Kingdom
- Awards Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross
- Additional Info Youngest son of Sir Robert Elliott-Cooper, K.C.B. Born in London. Educated at Eton and Sandhurst.
- Personal Inscription DIED A PRISONER OF WAR AT HANOVER FROM WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION AT CAMBRAI
- Additional Citation note
An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 12th Feb., 1918, records the following particulars:- "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."