Joseph James Cook

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Nov 26, 1886

Born to Joseph and Jane Cook in London England


Dec 25, 1912

Married to Grace Croucher at Chatham, Ontario


Jan 11, 1915

Attested into the 33rd Battalion at Chatham Ontario 

Ø      Number 400518

Ø      Next of kin given as Grace Cook, wife, of 62 Murray St., Chatham, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military service given as 4 years in the 24th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Feb 1, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Jul 6, 1915

Shown to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Aug 11, 1915

Posted to the Reinforcement Company


Aug 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Hesperian at Montreal Quebec as part of the Battalion’s 2nd Reinforcing Draft


Aug 27, 1915

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Shorncliffe.  On arrival there the draft was absorbed into the 9th Reserve Battalion


Jan 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jan 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 227 reinforcements.  On arrival he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion and reduced in rank to Private as the Battalion had a full compliment of NCOs


Jan 15, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Jan 18, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve at Ridgewood, in Belgium


Apr 14, 1916

While the Battalion was in billets in the “B” Camp they were supplying work parties to improve the “P” and “Q” front line trenches.  While on one of those work parties, Private Cook received shrapnel wounds to his back and a compound fracture of the right arm. 

After initial treatment at a Casualty Clearing Station he was transported to hospital by the No. 24 Ambulance Train


Apr 16, 1916

Admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne, France and Bronchitis is added to the diagnosis


Apr 20, 1916

Listed as dangerously ill and the Bronchitis is changed to read Haemothorax Pneumonia, meaning that there was blood in the lungs


Apr 23, 1916

Pte Cook died of his wounds, complicated by the onset of Pneumonia and was buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery,
Boulogne, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs Grace Cook, at 62 Murray St., Chatham, Ontario. 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs J Cook, at 41 Ainsty St., Rotherhithe, London, 16, England.



Joseph Cook shown below with his wife Grace and daughter prior to embarking for England


Jul 15, 1920

The balance of the War Service Gratuity ($116.00) was issued and it appears that his widow had remarried, as the cheque was issued to “Mrs Grace Campbell (Cook), Widow” at 108 Raleigh St., Chatham Ontario 


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