Photograph courtesy of Emma Philips

Born: 6th December 1881, Somersham, Suffolk.

Baptised: 22nd January 1882, Somersham.

Died on or since and for official purposes: 22nd August 1917; age 36; KiA. Served 1 year & 269 days.

Residence: Waveney Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 27th November 1915; age: 33 years 11 months. Height: 5ft 8 1/2ins. Signed up for the duration of the war.



Home 27th November 1915 – 29th May 1917

B.E.F. 30th May 1917 – Transferred – Royal Scots – 30th May 1917.

Posted 13th Battalion – 14th June 1917.

Missing 22nd August 1917.


Rank: Private: Service Number: 47858;

Regiment: The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), 13th Battalion.

Formerly T/4/159705, R.A.S.C.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Body exhumed from a grave not marked with a cross, identified by 2 discs, and Benjamin’s A.B. 64 (Pay Book) and tobacco pouch. All sent on to Base and next of kin.


Grave Reference:

Enclosure No.4. XVI.C.15.

Bedford House Cemetery,






1891   Somersham, Suffolk.

Benjamin was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Cook, 37, a Blacksmith, born Elmsett, Suffolk.

Ellen Sherman Cook (nee Hunt), 38, born Occold, Suffolk.

William Edwin Cook, 17, a Harness Maker, born Somersham.

Henry Thomas Cook, 15, a Blacksmith, born Somersham.

Thomas Stephen Cook, 13, a Labourer, born Somersham.

Jessie Edith Cook, 11, born Somersham.

Carrie Elizabeth Cook, 6, born Somersham.

George Charles Cook, 2, born Somersham.


1901   Blacksmith’s Shop, Parish Pond, Bramford, Suffolk.

Benjamin was 20 years old, a Milkman – Agricultural – Cattle. He was living with his parents & brothers.

William, 49, a Blacksmith – own account.

Ellen, 50.

William, 28, a Harness Maker.

Harry, 26, a Blacksmith.

Thomas, 24, a Labourer – Chemical Works.

George, 13.


1911   The Street, Bramford, Suffolk.

Benjamin was 29 years old, a Milk Salesman. He was married and Head of the Household.

Mary, 24.

Elsie, 3.

Winifred, 3.

Sidney, 8 months.


Benjamin’s father, William Cook, died 1903, Somersham.


On the 1st April 1907, at Hitcham Parish Church, Suffolk, Benjamin married Mary Winter Keeble, born August 1886, Hitcham, Suffolk.

They had 6 children:

Elsie Bessie Cook, born February 1908, 97, Waveney Road, Ipswich.

Winifred Cook, born April 1909, 97, Waveney Road, Ipswich.

Sidney George Cook, born August 1910, 97, Waveney Road, Ipswich.

Lilian May Cook, born March 1912, 97, Waveney Road, Ipswich.

Ivy Annie Cook, born January 1914, 97, Waveney Road, Ipswich.

Clifford Ernest Cook, born August 1915, 97, Waveney Road, Ipswich.


Two of Benjamin’s brother’s also fell:

Thomas Stephen Cook, Private, 61564, KiA 23rd April 1917, at the 2nd Battle of Scarpe, aged 40. Royal Fusiliers, 10th Battalion – remembered Bay 3, Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

George Charles Cook, Driver, 19357, Died of Wounds, 3rd November 1916, aged 30. Royal Field Artillery, ‘A’ battery, 92nd Brigade – buried Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France.

Soldiers’ Effects to Winter Mary Cook – widow.


The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), 13th Battalion:


  • I came across this while researching my Cook family in Ipswich, mainly blacksmiths. These men are distant cousins. I found it very moving to read this. My grandad Cook lost two brothers in that war too. We will remember them always.

    • This is my great grandad. My nan is the late Elsie Cook (eldest child)
      This is the first time I’ve seen anyone comment on this, lovely to see distant family.


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