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Thomas Cooke

Marlborough War Memorial exterior. Image provided by John Halpin 2017, CC BY John Halpin
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Cooke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 3055 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 15 February 1915 AWMM Brooklyn, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Maude Elizabeth Cooke (wife), C/o Miss Richardson, 139 Ohiro Road, Brooklyn, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 November 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 3 children AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
      Victoria Cross (VC): 3055 Corporal Thomas Cooke, 8th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF). "For most conspicuous bravery. After a Lewis gun had been disabled, he was ordered to take his gun and gun-team to a dangerous part of the line. Here he did fine work, but came under very heavy fire, with the result that finally he was the only man left. He still stuck to his post, and continued to fire his gun. When assistance was sent he was found dead beside his gun. He set a splendid example of determination and devotion to duty." (The London Gazette," 8 September, 1916) AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 15 February 1915 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    Builder/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 5.80 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 5 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Light brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • 28 Jul 1916 {Age 35} AWMMKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Married to Maude Elizabeth Cooke nee Elliott; father of Ethel Maude b 1903; Thomas Reginald Arthur Cooke b 1904, Florence Mildred b 1907.

    Aged 33 years 7 months at enlistment

    Taken on strength, 8th Bn, Serapeum, 24 February 1916.

    Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 31 March 1916.

    Killed in action, France, 28 July 1916.

    Posthumously awarded Victoria Cross.

    Note on Red Cross File No 0790910Q: 'No trace Germany.
    Certified by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

    Medals: Victoria Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

    Died whilst "In the machine gun section and was in the dangerous part of the line under the heaviest fire" (ARC, 1DRL/0428)

    Buried in the field in the vicinity of the Pozures Nailleur Bapaume Road.

    Maude, his widow wrote to the Minister of Defence, Melbourne, on 20th September 1916 three weeks after receiving a cable of her husband's death, writing that the Australian and New Zealand newspapers had reported "that he has won the VC & it is the only word I have of it, why hasn't the officials let me his wife know."

    The Victoria Cross was presented to his widow by the Governor.

    In 1922 Maude remarried Thomas Ebenezer Clapperton (6/599), a veteran.

    His medals are held by the National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand. His wife's name is spelled variously as Maude and Maud by BDM AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    28 July 1916 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France AWMM
    • Marlborough War Memorial, 20 Seymour Street, Blenheim, 7201 AWMM
    • Marlborough Great War Memorial, WW1 AWMM

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