Lieutenant-Colonel Malcolm Robertson Pocock, D.S.O.

58th Punjabis

Decorations and Awards: Distinguished Service Order

Died: 5th November 1917

Age: 41

Malcolm Robertson Pocock, son of Mrs. Pocock, of Dunstable, was born 17th May, 1876. He entered [Victoria] College in 1886 and passed into Sandhurst in 1892. He was in the Cricket XI and Football XV in his last two years. Having been gazetted to the 28th Punjabis, he was appointed to the Indian Staff Corps in 1897 and received his captaincy in 1905. In 1903 – 1904 he saw service in Somaliland, and in 1907 on the Frontier against the Mohmands and Zakkha Khels, being mentioned in despatches in the latter campaign.

In November 1914, he was attached to the 53rd Sikhs on the Suez Canal and in the Aden Hinterland. Joining his own regiment in Mesopotamia, he was severely wounded at the Relief of Kut and invalided to India. He was mentioned in despatches. Returning to Mesopotamia to command the regiment he was again slightly wounded, but continued in command and was awarded the D.S.O.

He was killed in action 5th November, 1917, at the Battle of Tekrih [Tikrit]

(The above text appears in the Book of Remembrance of Victoria College, published in 1920)

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