Robert Charles Cooke

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 28, 1897

Born in London, England to Emily Cooke


Nov 7, 1917

Medical exam performed under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Estevan, Saskatchewan and declared fit for service.  His address at that time was given as Alameda, Saskatchewan.


Jan 16, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment), Kingston, Ontario under the MSA

Ø      Number 3056208

Ø      Next of kin given as Emily Cooke, mother, 58 Wenlock St., Shepherdess Walk, North Road, London, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Present address given as Port Hope, Ontario

Ø      No previous military service given

Ø      Religion given as English Church


Feb 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Melita in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Mar 4, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the draft proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival the entire draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for training


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 262 reinforcements from England.  On arrival he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 23, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Aug 27, 1918

Left the CC Rein C and joined the rear details of the 21st Battalion in Achicourt as part of a draft of 55 reinforcements and assigned to “B” Company.  The main part of the battalion was advancing on the German lines approximately 10 miles to the east of there at the Sensee River.


Sep 19, 1918

While on sentry duty at Canal du Nord, Private Cooke was killed instantly when an artillery shell exploded close to him.  He was buried in the Dominion British Cemetery at Cagincourt, approximately 4 miles west of where he was killed.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Emily Cooke, 58, Wenlock St., Shepherdess Walk, North Road, London, England


Private Cooke is also comemorated on the Port Hope, Ontario War Memorial

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