Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.

Images and additional information courtesy of Ian and Dan

Born: 1881, Occold, Suffolk.

Baptised: 23rd October 1881, Occold, Suffolk.

Died: at 5:10pm, 8th January 1919; age: 37; Died of Wounds Septic Oligaemia – gun shot to the back – received in action at Lens, at the Royal Infirmary, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.

Residence: 297, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Norwich, Norfolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 889531.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, ‘D’ Battery, 168th Brigade. Territorial Force.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James & Sarah Cook, of Debenham, Suffolk; husband of Rosa May Spall (formerly Cook), of 297, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.




1891   Bedingfield, Suffolk.


George was 8 years old and living with his brother at the home of their maternal grandparents & uncle.

Thomas Hammond, 73, an Agricultural Labouer, born Bedingfield.

May Hammond, 68, born Bedingfield.

Thomas William Hammond, 36, an Agricultural Labourer, born Bedingfield.

Thomas William Cook, 18, an Agricultural Labourer, born Saxtead, Suffolk.


On the 1891 census, Thomas & George’s family were living at Church Street, Occold, Suffolk.

James Cook, 49, an Agriculutal Labourer, born Saxstead, Suffolk.

Sarah Cook (nee Hammond), 44, born Monk Soham, Suffolk.

5 brothers & 3 sisters.


1911   Red House Farm Cottage, Aspal, Suffolk.


George was 28 years old, a Farm Labourer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Rosa, 22.

Daisy, 1.

visitor Maurice Percival Bowman, 13, a Tailor Apprentice – worker at home, born Ipswich.

visitor Reginald Bowman, 6, born Ipswich.


On the 18th August 1909, Occold, Suffolk, George married, Rosa May Bowman, born September 1889, Ipswich. They had 5 children:

Daisy May Georgina Cook, born 1910, Bromes, Suffolk.
Grace Maud Matilda Cook, 1911, Ipswich.
George Charles Augustus Cook, 1914, Ipswich.
Sydney Philip Cook, 1916, Ipswich.
Lilian Muriel Cook, 1918, Ipswich.

Grace, George, Daisy & Rosa.

George & Sydney


Soldiers’ Effects to Rosa May Cook – widow.

George on his horse (Image courtesy of Daniel)

George’s brother Stanley on camp (centre rear)


Image from January 1919 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


The funeral took place in the Field of Honour at the Ipswich Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon of Gunner George Matthew Cook, 168th Brigade, R.F.A., who died on January 8th in the Royal Infirmary, Dundee, from wounds received in action at Lens. The remains, which were brought from Scotland, were buried with full military honours, the coffin, draped with the Union Jack, being borne from his home 297, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, to the Cemetery on a gun-carriage, supplied by the 307th Company, 67th Divisional Brigade, A.S.C., by permission of Colonel Peace, the officer in commanding, whilst the bearers, firing party, buglers and band were from the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, by permission of Colonel Gavin, officer commanding. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. Sykes, in the absence of the Rev. W.H. Hinds, of St. John’s Church.

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  • George is also named on the Aspall War memorial plaque inside the church where he lived and worked before WW1


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