Born Vasily N. Kochetkov in Simbirsk province Kurmyshsky County in 1785. Kochetkov was a cantonist (the soldier son). Cantonists of the birth of were in the lists of the military.
Joined 7 Mar 1811 musician. He fights passed all the Patriotic war of 1812. Then as part of the life guards Pavlovsky regiment fought against the Turks in the war of 1828-1829. Transferred to the life guards horse-pioneer (engineering) division. In 1836, during the life of A. S. Pushkin, Vasily Kochetkov already served the required 25 years, but the army left.
In 1843, the 58-year-old soldier is in the Caucasus. It is prescribed to use outstanding military experience and teach soldiers to direct, strengthen and raise pontoon bridges on the "fast rivers." Vasily 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.
Having recovered, Kochetkov fled from captivity, showing a rare ingenuity, foresight and courage. In ' 64 exam veteran soldiers were promoted to officer. However, Kochetkov abandoned epaulettes, dear to him were his soldiers ' epaulettes, 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 war and 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 an exploding bomb.
By personal decree of the king, who was already familiar with Vasily Nikolayevich Kochetkov again transferred to the guards and serves Dragoons. That was nearly ten years old, and Vasily N. Kochetkov submits a Memorandum to the king and asks for "highest permission" to go to war. He turned to the guard again in his favorite field of the army in Turkestan horse artillery brigade gunner first class. He was 78th year.
Twelve years Kochetkov served in Central Asia, participated in the battle for Turkestan and Samarkand, and in 1874 the detachment under the command of the adjutant General Kaufman, having made a March through the desert, took Khiva. In 1874, by decree of the Emperor transferred to the guards of the Imperial train.
In 1876 against the Turkish yoke, rebelled Serbia with Montenegro. Five thousand Russian volunteers went to the aid of the brotherly Slavic peoples. Kochetkov again persuaded the king to let him go to war. "Serviceman" at age 92, he fought in the front ranks, carrying volunteers.
He did not have time to relax at home from martial Affairs, how came the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-1878. 93-year-old Kochetkov fought on the SHIPKA pass in the part of the 19th horse-artillery brigade. SHIPKA Kochetkov from the bomb blast lost his left leg. He survived and served in the life guards horse-artillery brigade and lived to be 107 years old.
He died "in the campaign", being in transit in the city of Belozersk Novgorod province, may 30, 1892, from heart failure. In his things found a copy of the order of dismissal into retirement with a listing of all ranks, awards and campaigns. This brilliant track record along with a respectful obituary, in which Vasily Kochetkov was named the most honored veteran of the Russian army, was published in the "Government Bulletin".
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