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Claude Stephensen COOK

Regimental number3506
Place of birthPenrith New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressSt Marys, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs H E Cook, Chappel Street, St Marys, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'These two runners [COOK and 74 A.E. BROWNE] during the whole of the operations from the 26th September - 1st October inclusive made journeys from Battalion Headquarters to the front line under heavy shell fire from the enemy. In spite of the fact that many other runners had been killed and wounded while carrying out similar work and although the heavy nature of their task as telling on their physical strength they were bothy always willing and eager to carry despatches. It was owing largely to their work that inter-Battalion communication was maintained throughout the tour of duty. In addition acting on their own initiative they were given permission to visit Companies during the advance on the 26th and brought back important messages.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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