Richard Michael Cooke

First Name: 
Richard
Middle Name: 
Michael
Last Name: 
Cooke
Date of Birth: 
Friday, November 20, 1896
Mother's Name: 
Sarah Cooke nee MacDonald
Father's Name: 
John Cooke
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, November 26, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Battalion
Company: 
A
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, September 10, 1962
Place of Death: 
Sydney, N.S.W.
Details: 

Richard Michael Cooke (Service No 5068) was born in Cooma, N.S.W.

At enlistment with the Waratah March in Nowra, N.S.W., he was 19 years old, single, worked as a farm labourer and lived in Kiama, N.S.W. 

Richard embarked on SS Makarini with the 1st Battalion, 16th Reinforcement, on 1st April 1916. He arrived in France on 17th May 1916 and joined the 1st Battalion, A Company, in the field, on 18th June 1916. Richard saw service on the Western Front and has no wounding on file. A letter to his mother dated 31st July 1916 tells her he is in hospital sick with bronchitis and that it was caused by a gas attack. He was returned to Australia in July 1919 and discharged on 13th October 1919.

In 1923, Richard married Mabel Irvine in Berry, N.S.W., and they raised one son.

Richard died in Sydney, N.S.W., in 1962 and is commemorated for his service on the Nowra Public School and Post Office Rolls of Honor.

Richard's brother, George Cooke (Service No 709), also served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, COOKE R

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