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Gordon Brian Cook

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  • Service number
    33004 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Corporal AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps AWMM
  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999). - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon Brian AWMM
  • Surname
    Cook AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    33004 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    29 October 1930 AWMM
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Regular soldier AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.M. Cook (mother), Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    33004 AWMM
  • Military service
    Regular Force 1948-52 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Corporal AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Served with Regular Force 1948-52

    Served with Kayforce 1951-52

    "At dawn the Centurions would pull back off the hill. To stay in position in daylight would be to draw enemy artillery fire--not such a problem to the tank crews in the relative safety of their steel cocoons but greatly resented by the surrounding infantry, crouching in slit trenches. The New Zealanders faced similar dangers when they were outside their tanks, of course, and it was during a heavy bombardment of the 28 Brigade area in May 1952 that they suffered their only fatal casualty. Corporal G.B. Cook was one of two men killed and six wounded by more than a hundred enemy shells which landed in their squadron's headquarters area." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, pp. 274-75) AWMM
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Death

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  • Age at death
    21 AWMM
  • Date of death
    26 May 1952 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of wounds AWMM
  • Place of death
    Korea AWMM
  • Death notes
    Korea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea AWMM
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary
    Corporal Gordon Brian Cook, of the Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps, who was serving with the 5th Dragoon Guards, has died from wounds received in Korea. His mother is Mrs E.M. Cook, of Hastings.Corporal Cook was one of 55 regular soldiers at present serving in Korea. He was serving with the 5th Dragoon Guards, which is equipped with Centurion tanks. (NZ Herald, 29 May 1952, p. 8) AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
    New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.
    http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      pp. 275, 371, 401. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: NZ Herald, 29 May 1952, p. 8. AWMM