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Ilija Gojković
Born (1854-08-02)2 August 1854
Died 15 February 1917(1917-02-15) (aged 62)
Place of birth Drenovac, Serbia
Place of death Ionian Sea
Allegiance  Principality of Serbia
 Kingdom of Serbia
Service/branch Royal Serbian Army
Years of service 1870–1917
Rank General
Unit 1st Morava Infantry Division
Timok Army

Balkan Wars

World War I

Ilija Gojković (Serbian Cyrillic: Илија Гојковић; 2 August 1854 – 15 February 1917) was a Serbian military commander and Minister of Defence.

He served during the Serbian–Turkish Wars, the Balkan Wars and during the Serbian Campaign (part of the larger Balkans Campaign) during World War I.


Gojković was the Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Serbia from 4 March 1910 to 24 February 1911.


While traveling to the Salonica Front, his boat was hit by a German torpedo boat near Sicily. Gojković refused to surrender and was killed while shooting back at the torpedo boat. He drowned in the Ionian Sea.[1]

Gojković was the highest ranking member of the Serbian Army that died in combat during the First World War.[2]


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