Victor Cook

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


May 24, 1892

Born in Madras, India to William and Lydia Cook


Jan 5, 1916

Attested into the 99th Battalion in Windsor, Ontario

Ø      Number 213464

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Mabel Reardon, sister, Georgetown, Madras, India

Ø      Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø      No previous military experience

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

On attestation he gave his birth place as being Birmingham, England, not India, where he was actually born


May 31, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 8, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the Otterpool Camp.  On arrival in England his appointment as a Lance Corporal was confirmed, with pay.


Jul 3, 1916

Proceeded on course at West Sandling


Jul 6, 1916

While on course, he was transferred to the 35th Reserve Battalion


Jul 8, 1916

Joined the 35th Battalion in West Sandling at the completion of the course.  This was followed by being noted as a qualified signaler.


Jul 13, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Canadian Hospital, Shorncliffe, diagnosed with Influenza


Jul 19, 1916

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the Brigade Signals Base with the 39th Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 1, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private for Drunkenness


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Feb 7, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 8, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 85 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 12, 1917

Left the CBD to join his battalion


Feb 15, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Mont St. Eloi, southwest of Vimy Ridge


May 25, 1917

Admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne with a diagnosis that reads DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart).  This was later changed to read VDH (Valvular Disorder of the Heart)

A later medical report states that he suffered from Trench Fever on May 18, but there is no record of that in the file.  He was likely treated by the battalion’s Medical Officer.


Jun 14, 1917

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, for rehabilitation


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the No. 3 Large Rest Camp to continue his rehabilitation


Jun 26, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick

Admitted to the New End Hospital, Hampstead.

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Jul 6, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Jul 10, 1917

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, Bushey Park


Sep 28, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Military Hospital in Kirkdale


Oct 17, 1917

Embarked the Hospital Ship Araguaya in Liverpool to be invalided to Canada


Oct 26, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to London, Ontario


Nov 3, 1917

Admitted to the Military Convalescent Hospital, London, Ontario


Dec 12, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Guelph, Ontario


Jan 4, 1918

Forfeited 2 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Feb 1, 1918

Discharged from hospital to be treated as an out-patient of the Guelph Convalescent Hospital


Feb 22, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Guelph, Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 310 Windermere St., Walkerville, Ontario


Jun 17, 1918

Married to Rose Woodward Dales in Sandwich, Ontario, now part of Windsor.


Aug 22, 1919

His son, Alban Wilson Victor Cook was born in Sandwich, Ontario.  In 1948 Alban emigrated to the USA, settling in California where he died in 1990


Dec 2, 1919

Private Cook died in the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Windsor as a result of his heart disease.  His death was determined to be attributed to his war service with the 21st Battalion and he was buried in the St John's Church Cemetery, Windsor, Ontario

Following his death the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Rose Cook, 658 Sandwich St., Sandwich, Ontario


Sep 24, 1921

His widow, Rose, was remarried to John Henry Leschied in Sandwich, Ontario


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