Photograph courtesy of Sandra Cook.
Born: 1899, Ipswich.
Died: 7th August 1918; age 19; KiA.
Residence: 177, Spring Road, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: December 1917.
Service: Sent to France July 1918.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 50113.
Regiment: Northamptonshire Regiment, 6th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Image from 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter & Martha Louisa Cook, of 177, Spring Road, Ipswich.
1901 Lawson Cottage, Kemball Street, Ipswich.
William was a year old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal uncle.
Walter Cook, 31, a Cigar Maker, born Ipswich.
Martha Louisa Cook, 27, (nee Collins), born Ipswich.
Walter Arthur Oliver Cook, 5, born Ipswich.
Stanley Harold Cook, 4, born Ipswich.
Charles Edward Cook, 22, a Storekeeper – Iron Foundry, born Ipswich.
1911 177, Spring Road, Ipswich.
William was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Walter, 41, a Baker’s Labourer – Co-operative Society.
Stanley, 14, a Garden Boy – Domestic.
Gladys Victoria Cook, 9, born Ipswich.
Arthur Charles Cook, 7, born Ipswich.
Frank Herbert Cook, 5, born Ipswich.
Cecil Cook, 4, born Ipswich.
Doris May Cook, 4, born Ipswich.
Evelyn Cook, 2, born Ipswich.
Sidney Cook, 7 months, born Ipswich.
Ipswich Chrysanthemum Show
In November 1899, William’s father, Walter Cook, of Kemball Street, was awarded 3rd prize for the ‘Best collection of Chrysanthemums for persons residing in the Borough whose rent not exceeding £15 per annum.’ In November 1900, Walter was awarded 1st prize for the best ‘Collection of Chrysanthemums open to residents in the Borough not employing a gardener.’
Soldiers’ Effects to Martha L. Cook – mother.
William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich.
William’s brother, Frank Herbert Cook lost his life in the Second World War, on the 25th August 1943, as a Japanese PoW on the Thailand – Burma Railway, aged 42 years. He was a Corporal, service number 5826596, for the 4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. Frank was laid to rest at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Mon State, Burma.
William on the right.