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Famous Scots - Frederick Luke

Frederick Luke, Sergeant V.C.

Driver Frederick Luke 37th Battery, Royal Field Artillery (Jointly with Driver Job Henry Charles Drain)  He was 18 years old, and a driver in the 37th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 26 August 1914 at Le Cateau, France, when a captain (Douglas Reynolds) of the same battery was trying to save two guns which had been recaptured, Driver Luke and another driver (Job Henry Charles Drain) volunteered to help and gave great assistance in the eventual saving of one of the guns. At the time they were under heavy fire from the enemy who were only 100 yards (91 m) away

He later achieved the rank of sergeant and served during World War II as a ground gunner with the Royal Air Force.
Fred Luke was a guest of honour of 93 Le Cateau Field Battery shortly before his death when members of the battery were awed to meet this living legend. Gnrs R Pulman and Peter Jackson formed a special guard of honour on that proud day.

For a number of years until his death on 12 March 1983, Frederick Luke was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living holder of the Victoria Cross.


Headstone Photograph

Further Information

Title: v.c.

Firstname: Frederick

LastName: Luke

Date of Death: 12th Mar 1983

Cemetery: Lambhill cemetery

  957 Balmore Road

Town: Glasgow

PostCode: G23 5LB

Region: Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Country: Scotland


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