William C. Cooke

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Mar 3, 1895

Born in Innisville, Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59195 (temporary number 412)

Ø      Next of kin given as Arthur Cooke, Innisville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

o       Later recorded as a Teamster

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


Jan 28, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston Military Hospital diagnosed with Influenza


Feb 22, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Dec 15, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 for disobeying an order and using obscene language to an NCO


Dec 28, 1915

Paraded sick to the Battalion Medical Officer with sore feet


Jan 12, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Trench Feet


Jan 14, 1916

Transferred to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Jan 15, 1916

Transferred via the No. 22 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 24 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples


Jan 22, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton

Admitted to the Manor House Hospital in Folkestone

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in hospital


Jan 28, 1916

Transferred to the Monks Horton Convalescent Hospital


Jan 29, 1916

Discharged with 2 weeks sick leave.


Feb 15, 1916

TOS the Bath Hospital, Woodcote Park, for light duties


Mar 15, 1916

Admitted to the Military Convalescent Hospital, Epsom


Apr 26, 1916

Discharged from hospital with a recommendation for 12 weeks of light duties.  Placed On Command to the No. 2 CTD (Canadian Training Depot) for light duties


Jul 28, 1916

On Command to the CMS (Canadian Musketry School) for duty at Shorncliffe


Oct 26, 1916

Attached to the Headquarters of the CTD at Shorncliffe for duty


Nov 13, 1916

Ceased to be attached and posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre)


Nov 18, 1916

Attached to the CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for 4 weeks PT (Physical Training) at St Leonard’s Hospital


Feb 3, 1917

Left St Leonard’s Hospital and was posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 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 the 21st Battalion


Apr 21, 1917

Left the CBD to join the battalion


May 5, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in division support near Vimy Ridge

There is no explanation in the file as to why it took 2 weeks to join the battalion


Aug 15, 1917

During the advance on Hill 70, Private Cooke was killed while manning a machine gun post when an artillery shell landed in the midst of the crew.  When the fighting had ceased, his remains could not be located.  As a result he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war no family members could be located and as a result, no medals were issued in his name.


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