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Arthur James Cook

Portrait of Arthur James Cook NZ8873. Image kindly provided by Paul Baker. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Arthur James Cook NZ8873. Image kindly provided by Paul Baker. Image may be subject to c …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur James AWMM
  • Surname
    Cook AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ8873 AWMM
    • WWII 434351 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 January 1921 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Hastings Street, Mairangi Bay, Auckland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 George William Cook (Father). Hastings Street, Mairangi Bay, Auckland AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1 November 1943 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Small goods man/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of George William Cook (born in New Zealand) and Caroline Cook (Born in England)

    First joined the New Zealand Army, Registration number 434351, 6th Company NZASC
    Transferred to Royal New Zealand Navy 30 December 1943.

    On return to civilian life Arthur was a menswear salesman for Torrey Martin, corner Victoria Street West and Queen Street. The business was later moved to Customs Street East, next to Brookings Book Shop.
    Arthur married Dorothy Elizabeth Dalgarno; they had two sons and one daughter.

    On Torrey Martin retiring, Arthur went to manage Hugh Wright Men's Outfitters, in Lynn Mall Shopping Centre, New Lynn. From this shop Arthur transferred to Hugh Wright, Wellington to manage the outlets in the Wellington area. On Arthur retiring, Arthur and Dorothy moved to Thames.

    Arthur died 11 may 2004, a service celebrating Arthur's life was held at the Thames Baptist Church, with the Reverend Gordon Mill officiating, the funeral directors being Twentyman's Funeral Services. Following the passing of Arthur, Dorothy moved to a retirement village in Orewa. Dorothy Elizabeth Cook died 21 August 2015 aged 89 years, after a service in Auckland she was interred with Arthur at Totara Memorial Park, Thames. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    11 May 2004 AWMM
    Age 82 AWMM
    ThamesCoromandel District AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Plot 0575, RSA Section, Totara Memorial Park AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 12 May 2004. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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