At one of the meetings I heard some interesting information about a unique man, our fellow countryman V.N.Kochetkove. Vasily Kochetkov (1785-1892), "the soldiers of the Three Emperors", lived 107 years. 100 of the 107 years of Vasily Kochetkov was on active duty. Tunic Kochetkova was unique: his uniform entwined monogram of three emperors, who swore an old campaigner. On the sleeve of his uniform, with eight rows were gold and silver badges and awards for long service, and on the neck and chest barely 23 frame will fit the cross and medaliRodilsya in Simbirsk Kurmysh County in 1785. Kochetkov was a kantonist (soldier’s son). Cantonists birthday is on the list of the military department. Began serving in 1811, 7 March number musician. He was fighting all the Patriotic War of 1812. Then in the Life Guards Pavlovsky Regiment fought against the Turks in the war of 1828-1829. Transferred to the Life Guards cavalry pioneer (engineering) division. In 1836, during the life of Pushkin, Vasily Kochetkov already served their 25 years, but the army did not leave. In 1843, the 58-year-old soldier is in the Caucasus. He prescribed are outstanding military experience and teach soldiers to direct, promote and raise pontoon bridges on the "fast rivers." Kochetkov enrolled in the glorious Nizhny Novgorod Dragoon Regiment. In the Caucasus, he was wounded three times: twice in both legs and in the neck right through. Badly wounded, unable to move, he was taken prisoner. Recovered, Cochetkov escapes from captivity, showing a rare resourcefulness, foresight and courage. In ’64 Exam veteran soldier was promoted to officer. V.N.Kochetkov abandoned epaulettes, dear to him were his soldiers’ shoulder straps, and two years later he retired after 40 years of active service, at the age of 66 years. In 1853 began the so-called Crimean War. Vasily Kochetkov asking for a war in the ranks of the Kazan Jaeger Regiment fighting on Kornilov bastion, in the thick of the defense of Sevastopol. Here he was wounded by a bomb exploding. On the personal order of the king, who was already familiar with Vasily Nikolayevich Cochetkov again transferred to the Guards and serves dragoons. Nearly a decade, and Vasily Kochetkov submits a memorandum to the king, and asked, "royal permission" to go to war. So he was out of the Guard again in his favorite field of the army in Turkestan horse artillery brigade of the first class gunner. He was the 78th year. Twelve years Cochetkov served in Central Asia, and in 1874 by order of the emperor transferred to the guards of the imperial train. In 1876, a revolt against Turkish rule Serbia with Montenegro. Five thousand Russian volunteers went to the aid of fraternal Slavic peoples. Kochetkov again persuaded the king to let him go to war. "Soldier" in his ’92 fought in the front ranks, carrying volunteers. Before he had time to relax at home from The Soldier is broke Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878. 93-year-old Cochetkov fought on the Shipka Pass in the 19th horse artillery brigade. Shipka Cochetkov bomb blast lost his left leg. He survived and has served in the Life Guards Horse-Artillery Brigade and lived to be 107 years old. Vasily Kochetkov died May 31, 1892 in Vyborg. Petersburg artist PF Borel made an engraving of a photographic portrait Kochetkova. Vasily shot for 11 days before his death. Sits a century soldier in the Guards uniform, resting his right hand to the knee, with a quiet dignity. Between the fingers of the left hand-rolled cigarette sticks, stuffed, I think, not a weak grown tobacco. 23 Cross medals and awards sheet appear in Basil Kochetkova. On the left sleeve of his uniform dark eight bands of gold and silver-stripe for the differences in the service. He served in four military branches. He fought in the infantry, cavalry, artillery was brave, sharp-witted sapper. All kind of ground troops he embodied in himself.
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