The Gordons

Captain James Brooke VC

James Brooke was killed on 29th Oct 1914 after leading two attacks on the enemy under concentrated rifle and machine-gun fire, to regain a lost trench. The action took place near Gheluvelt where the 2nd Battalion was trying to prevent a German breakthrough. They were not in a position to counter-attack so Brooke saved the situation with his promptness and cool head. Having regained the trench he went back to fetch support; it was at this point he was shot.

James Anson Otho Brooke was the son of Sir Harry Vasey Brooke KBE and Lady Patricia (ne Moir-Byres) of Fairley, Countesswells, Aberdeenshire, born on 3rd Feb 1884. He was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion and fought at Gheluvelt as a lieutenant. His promotion to captain was notified posthumously. His award was gazetted on 18th Feb 1915 and he was buried at Zantvoorde British Cemetary in Belgium.

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