British War Medal, Victory Medal. Lieutenant H. E. I. Pocock. 13th Rajputs (The Shekawati Regiment) EF

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M.C. London Gazette 16 August 1921.

‘Lt., 1/4th (with 13th) Rajputs, I.A.’ ‘For gallantry on the 12th October 1920, near Tuwariz. When a bridge of boats, the destruction of which would have meant that the only means of communication across the river would be cut off, had been set on fire by the insurgents, this officer, regardless of all danger, at once rushed over at the head of his platoon and drove off the enemy. Whilst crossing the river, Lt. Pocock was subjected to heavy fire from the enemy at close range, and by his action not only saved the bridge from destruction, but also very materially assisted in the ensuing attack. Moreover, this sudden and unexpected assault so surprised the insurgents that they were compelled to retire, and fled in confusion.’

Nicholas Edgar Innes Pocock was born in Bedford on 12 January 1899, the son of George Innes and Ellen Elizabeth Pockock. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Unattached List, Indian Army on 30 January 1917 and was attached to the Rajputs in February that year. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1918; served as Acting Captain, August 1918-January 1921, during which time he gallantly won the Military Cross in Mesopotamia. Pocock was advanced to Captain in January 1921, Major in January 1935 and Lieutenant-Colonel in January 1943. As Lieutenant-Colonel and Commanding Officer of the 8th Battalion 6th Rajputana Rifles he was killed/died on 15 March 1943 – possibly during the Arakan campaign. His name is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial. With copied research.