Henry James Cook

First Name: 
Henry
Middle Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Cook
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, May 23, 1882
Mother's Name: 
Mary Cook nee Mavis
Father's Name: 
Joseph Cook
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, June 26, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
45th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, April 28, 1964
Place of Death: 
Sydney, N.S.W.
Details: 

Henry James Cook (Service No 2630) was born in Bedminster, England.

He served 3 years with the Gloustershire Regiment and served in the Royal Navy before he came to Australia.

At enlistment in Wollongong, N.S.W., Henry was 34 years old, married, worked as a  labourer and lived in Unanderra, N.S.W.

In 1916 he married Louisa Simms and she remained at La Perouse, N.S.W., with the children when he embarked.

Henry embarked on HMAT A40 Ceramic with the 45th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement, on 7th October 1916. He arrived in England on 21st November 1916 and joined the 45th Battalion in France, on 18th January 1917. He was wounded in action the next day and evacuated to hospital in England, dangerously ill. Henry received serious gun shot wounds to his head, neck and thigh. He was repatriated to Australia in August 1918, and discharged medically unfit on 29th October 1918.

On 31st March 1943, Henry enlisted for service in World War 2 at La Perouse, N.S.W., serving as Private Cook (Service No  N230156), with the 9th Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps until 18th December 1943.

Henry died in 1964 and is buried in Botany Cemetery, Matraville, N.S.W.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, COOK H J

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