Kenneth Edgar Cooke MD, MC



Nov 26, 1887

Born at Baltimore Ontario


Feb 15, 1915

Attested into 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59196 (temp number 1243), rank – Private

o       The Discharge Certificate states he was Commissioned on this date, but the service file notes that he was appointed Capt on April 8, 1915.  It should also be pointed out that the Embarkation Roll records him as a Pte.

Ø      Next of Kin given as Rev CH Cooke (father) of Binbrook Ontario (now part of Hamilton)

o       Address later changed to 98 Carleton St., Toronto, then to 26 Emerald St. S., Hamilton.

Ø      Occupation given as “Physician”

Ø      Stated to be single

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as “Presbyterian”


Apr 18, 1915

“Arrived as Captain” 

This is the only entry in the file between attestation and embarking for France.  There are newspaper articles referring to him as a Sgt assisting the Medical Officer.  2 days prior to leaving Kingston, a newspaper article makes the announcement that he has been promoted to Captain and will proceed overseas as the Medical Officer for the Battalion. 

The Embarkation Roll (dated May 6, 1915) still lists him as a Private with the number 59196.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


Sep 14, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France 

TOS (Taken On Strength) CAMC (Canadian Army Medical Corps) and attached to the 21st Battalion as Medical Officer


Feb 21, 1916

Proceeded on leave


Nov 6, 1916

Granted leave until November 15, 1916


Nov 14, 1916

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #29824



Nov 20, 1916

Rejoined 21st Battalion from leave


Jan 19, 1917

Granted leave until January 29, 1917


Jan 29, 1917

Retained in England on compassionate grounds and ceases to be attached to 21st Battalion and transferred to CTD (Canadian Training Depot) Shorncliffe 

Leave extended until February 14, 1917


Mar 7, 1917

Posted to CAMC HQ (Canadian Army Medical Corps Headquarters)


Mar 9, 1917

Posted to Moore Barracks Hospital at Shorncliffe


Sep 21, 1917

Posted to No 11 Canadian General Hospital


Jan 25, 1918

To be Temporary Major in CAMC


Sep 2, 1918

TOS CAMC CD (Casualty Depot) Witley on posting from No 11 Canadian General Hospital, and detached to Canadian HQs Witley for instructional duty with SMB (Standing Medical Board)


Sep 28, 1918

SOS to CAMC Casualty Depot


Nov 6, 1918

Ceases to be on Command to Canadian HQ and placed on Command of 2nd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Nov 10, 1918

Ceases to be on Command to 2nd CCD and placed on Command to 1st CCD


Dec 14, 1918

TOS Canadian Special Hospital Etchinghill, on posting from CAMC CD  (Note:  Etchinghill is a Venereal Disease Hospital)


Dec 18, 1918

On Command to No 11 Canadian General Hospital


Mar 8, 1919

SOS OMFC (Overseas Military Force Canada) on embarking the RMS Minnedosa at Liverpool for Canada


TOS MD No 2 for Duty at Toronto


Mar 17, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick


Sep 1, 1919

SOS MD No 2 on posting to St Andrew’s Hospital, Toronto


Jan 26, 1920

SOS the CEF on General Demobilization 

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