Grant-Peterkin, Cosmo Gordon

Cosmo was the fourth son of James Grant-Peterkin of Grange Hall, Forres and Katherine Annie Grant-Peterkin, daughter of Henry W White of Monar, Ross-shire and Lentran House, Beauly near Inverness.  He came to Winchester from the Reverend L. Sanderson’s school at Elstree. He played in O.T.H. VI in 1896, in Association XI in 1897 and for two years in 2nd XI cricket team. In 1898 he went to the Royal Indian Engineering College at Cooper’s Hill near Egham. From there he obtained an appointment in the Ceylon Survey Department, but ill-health did not permit him to remain in the service long. In 1912, he accompanied the Bullock-Workman Expedition to the Eastern Karakorams as topographer and director of survey work. His work with this expedition is fully described in ‘Two Summers in the Ice-Wilds of Eastern Karakorum: The Exploration of Nineteen Hundred Square Miles of Mountain and Glacier’ by Fanny Bullock Workman and Dr William Hunter Workman (New York, 1916) and available on-line at Around this time he also travelled through the Himalayas collecting stones and rocks which he sent to the British Museum.   These were later returned to his family.

He returned home shortly before the outbreak of war and rejoined the Scottish Horse, to which he had previously belonged. He served at Gallipoli from August 1915 till the evacuation, and afterwards spent a year with his regiment in Egypt. In December 1916, he returned to England to take a course at the Senior Officers’ School at Aldershot and in the following July went to France, attached to the 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders. The Battalion were in a training area for most of July 1917 and were to be involved in the Third Battle on Ypres, which began on 31st July.  The Battalion’s War Diary of September 1917 records:    “Seige Camp, 1st – 11th. Training was carried out in accordance with programmes.  During the forenoon of the 11th, while the Battalion was carrying out a practice attack , on the Training Ground near Seige Camp, three hostile aeroplanes flew overhead and dropped several bombs, as a result of which Capt. C Grant Peterkin, Captain D S Gay and 8 others ranks were wounded”.    He died the following day at the Dozinghem Casualty Clearing Station at Westvleteren and lies in grave VII.A.18 of the Dozinghem Military Cemetery.

He is also commemorated on the family headstone at Kinloss Abbey, Moray.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Grant-Peterkin
  • Forenames or initials: Cosmo Gordon
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1892-1897
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Scottish Horse
  • Date of Birth: 16th April 1879
  • Date of Death: 12th September 1917
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A1
  • Decoration: NA