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VC549   James Anson Otho Brooke

BORN   3 February 1884

DIED   29 October 1914  AGE   30

VC Won    29 October  1914   AGE   30

Place VC Won   East Of Gheluvelt, Belgium

War/Campaign   First World War 1914

Name   James Anson Otho Brooke  No.      POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   549   Awards   VC      

Regiment   Gordon Highlanders, 2nd Battalion

Later   The Highlanders

Now   4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland

Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Captain (promoted posthumously)

Place Of Birth   Fairley House, Newhills, near Aberdeen, Grampian, Scotland

Place Of Death   East of Gheluvelt, Belgium

Buried/Location Ashes   Zantvoorde British Cemetery, 6 miles south east of Ypres, Belgium


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)   Plot/Grave no.   Plot 6, Row E, Grave 2

Gazetted   18 February 1915

VC Presented   29 November 1916 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England to his father, Captain Sir Harry Vesey Brooke KBE, 92nd Regiment


P  Headstone, Zantvoorde British Cemetery, 6 miles south east of Ypres, Belgium

P  Named on family headstone, Springbank Cemetery, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Name on war memorial, Kingswells, Aberdeenshire

Name on war memorial, Colebrook, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

P  Memorial, St Ronans Church, Colebrook, Co. Fermanagh, Nothern Ireland

P  Name on war memorial, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Norther Ireland

P  Large mortar he captured on display, Enniskillen Castle, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Named on war memorial, St Andrews Episcopal Cathedral, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

P  Named on memorial, Sandhurst Memorial Chapel, Camberley, Surrey

P  Named on Victoria Cross memorial, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

P  Named on Victoria Cross oak panel, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

P  Named on war memorial, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

Named on war memorial, Bucksburn & Newhills, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Kingswells Hall, Kingswells, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

By The Way…

He was awarded the Sword of Honour at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

VC Held By

Gordon Highlanders Museum, St Luke's, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen, Scotland



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Thank you to Jill Shepherd, librarian and archivist at Wellington College

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Thank you to Oliver Breen for photos of St Ronans Church & Enniskillen Castle