Gt Bookham War Memorials - WWI - Private George Thomas Cook
2nd/8th West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

CWGC record


Service Number 58771
Died 30/04/1918
Aged 19
2nd/8th Bn.
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Son of James and Ellen Louisa Cook, of Great Bookham, Surrey.

Location: Seine-Maritime, France
Number of casualties: 2365
Cemetery/memorial reference: VI. G. 5A. INSCRIPTION: THE STRIFE IS O'ER THE BATTLE WON

George's parents were married on 19 Apr 1897 at St Nicolas, Great Bookham:
James Cook, a Gardener, son of George Cook, a Carpenter. James was born in Fetcham, Surrey.
Ellen Louisa Archer, who was three years older than James, was a cook, born in Romsey, Hampshire. Her father, Thomas Archer, also born in Romsey, Hampshire, was a Labourer

George Thomas Cook's birth was registered in the 3rd Quarter of 1898 (Epsom District Vol 2a p34) and he was baptised on 2 Oct 1898 St Nicolas, Great Bookham. He was an only child, named after his grandfathers.

In the 1901 Census, the family were living at Davis Cottages near Bookham Common (Bookham in Edwardian Times, based on the 1911 Census, records a Davis Cottage, in 2014 98 Little Bookham Street):
James Cook  33 Gardener, Domestic: Born Fetcham, Surrey
Ellen Cook  36 born Romsey, Hants.
George Cook  2
William Laker 69 Boarder: Railway Pensioner, born Penge

George is mentioned by Turville Kille in his memoirs as having been a choir boy at St Nicolas, Great Bookham.

By the time of the 1911 Census they were living at Merry Lands Cottages, Gt Bookham, Leatherhead, Surrey. His grandfather, Thomas Archer, had come to live with them:
James Cook 43 born Fetcham Surrey Jobbing Gardener
Ellen Louisa Cook 46 born Romsey Hants
George Thomas Cook 12 Scholar born Great Bookham
Thomas Archer 69 born Romsey Hants: Father-in-law

The reference in Bookham in Edwardian Times is Household 12/098. The 2014 address was 20 Merrylands Road.

George's Record of Service Paper in the British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 records that he stated he was 18y 7m old on enlisting at Guildford on 7th March 1917. His address was Merrylands Road, Bookham Surrey, his father was J Cook. George was a Motor Engineer but he wished to join the Royal Horse Artillery. He was at that stage allocated to the Army Service Corps (MT). When he died he was with the 2nd/8th West Yorkshire Regiment.

Surrey Advertiser 11 May 1918

COOK - On April 30th, 1918, at the 3rd General Hospital, Le Trepart [Treport], France, George Thomas Cook, 2/8th West Yorks Regt., age 19 years. Dearly loved and only son of Mr. and Mrs. J.Cook, 2, Merrylands Road, Great Bookham.

His parents James and Ellen, are buried in the Churchyard at Great Bookham, reference D79.

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