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Burnett Neville Cook

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Burnett Neville AWMM
  • Surname
    Cook AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    39304 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 February 1919 AWMM KerikeriBay of Islands AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Kerikeri Inlet, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Matilda Cook (mother), Kerikeri Inlet, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    39304 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    22 July 1943 AWMM
    'Corporal Cook commanded one of the sections of the forward left platoon of A Company who were detailed to attack and take an objective to the right of TAKROUNA VILLAGE, Tunisia, on the night of 19-20 April 1943. He displayed outstanding courage, coolness and leadership throughout the attack, during which his Company came under terrific enemy shell, mortar and machine-gun fire causing heavy casualties, including all the officers. Entirely regardless of his own safety, he tended to the wounded and with a small party of helpers organised moving them to shelter. Although the whole of the area was under continual enemy fire, by his resourcefulness and devotion to duty he was able to evacuate all the wounded in his Company to the regimental aid post by the evening of 20 April.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Cook, Neville Bennet. (Ref. WO 373/25/465). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 'It was right on this track and among the cactus that my Coy eventually came to grief—practically all my leading men including the remaining Platoon Commander were wounded simultaneously through land mines connected up with trip wires…. At this point with less than half a company I decided to get in touch with Bn Headquarters but it appeared that my wireless was the only one in operation. It was then that I decided to look around to see how many men were left in the Coy but as I walked only five yeards or so from the track a mortar shell with New Zealand marked on it for me fell too close to miss. Lance Sergeant N. B. Cook, MM; Kerikeri; born Kerikeri, 23 Feb 1919; labourer; wounded 4 Sep 1942.

    The loss of Major Porter completed the disorganisation of A Company. Some of the survivors attempted to carry on the attack but were finally halted at the foot of Djebel Bir. Corporal Cook organised a small party and removed all the wounded he could locate into shelter. He saved the lives of many men that night and earned the MM he later received.
    ' (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p. 294.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • This is the Man I am named after. This story is inspirational and fills me with immense pride.
    Public - Ben - Other relative - 7 August 2017

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    • 28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945
      http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/
      Further Reference
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy.
      http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htm
      Further Reference
    • 'The KING has been pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 22 July 1943, p.3315.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36102/pages/3315
      Further Reference
    • 'Corporal Cook commanded one of the sections of the forward left platoon of A Company who were detailed to attack and take an objective to the right of TAKROUNA VILLAGE, Tunisia, on the night of 19-20 April 1943. He displayed outstanding courage, coolness and leadership throughout the attack, during which his Company came under terrific enemy shell, mortar and machine-gun fire causing heavy casualties, including all the officers. Entirely regardless of his own safety, he tended to the wounded and with a small party of helpers organised moving them to shelter. Although the whole of the area was under continual enemy fire, by his resourcefulness and devotion to duty he was able to evacuate all the wounded in his Company to the regimental aid post by the evening of 20 April.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Cook, Neville Bennet. (Ref. WO 373/25/465). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7361684
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  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 40 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.294. AWMM

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