|Royal Field Artillery|
In the 1911 census, before he joined the Army, William lived at Dial Farm, Crich and worked as a blacksmith.
1918 Voters List Crich
William Cooke, The Common; absent on military service.
25 January 1916
Corporal W. Cooke, Crich Common
25 January 1916
CRICH CORPORAL'S PAINFUL INJURY
Cpl William Cooke, of the Royal Field Artillery, who is attached to the shoeing and smith's department (BEF) writing home to his parents, Mr and Mrs G. Cooke, Tor View, Crich Common, informs them that he met with an accident on Christmas Day. He says that whilst following his occupation just behind the firing line in France he was severely kicked on the head by a horse and sustained a painful injury. He writes that he is now progressing favourably and expects getting out of the doctors hands soon after the time of writing his letter. Cpl Cooke at the time of his enlistment, was employed as blacksmith at Messrs Glossop's of Ambergate.
Derbyshire Courier 16 November 1918
CRICH, LEA, & HOLLOWAY.
A bitter experience befell Mr and Mrs George Cooke, of the Common, Crich, on Monday, four after having heard from their son Pte. Duncan Cooke, a few days previously that he was coming on leave, wire reach them to say he had died of bronchial pneumonia at a base Hospital at Rouen. Pte. Cooke, who was attached to the Sherwood Transport section, had started from the front on leave, but on reaching Rouen was detained there through an attack of influenza. This developed to pneumonia and he died on Thursday of last week. Pte. Cooke joined the Sherwood's about 4 years ago. He was a prominent player of the Crich United football club. Before enlisting he was employed at the Ambergate Mills as a wire drawer he was 25 years of age. His elder brother, Corpl. William Cooke, is in France.
In the Medal Roll Index cards there are two William Cookes with the rank of Corporal.
1. William Cooke 3rd Battalion RHA driver 64206; then RFA Corporal 64206 awarded Victory, British War and 14-Star medals. 15/8/14
2. William Cooke 1484/ 820133 RFA Corporal awarded Victory, British War and 15-Star medals. Entered France 4/5/15
Photo courtesy Pauline Laughlin
|John J||Cook||son||15||Wood worker||Crich|
1911: Dial Farm, Crich
William Cooke's brother Duncan Cooke is also on the Roll of Honour.