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Charles William COOK

Regimental number3619
Place of birthCoopernook, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTaree, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 9"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Caroline Cook, Taree, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected on account of varicose veins)
Enlistment date17 July 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 July 1917
Place of enlistmentTaree, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 31 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 January 1919
Discharge date26 March 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3618 Pte Sydney COOK, 13th Bn, killed in action, 8 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 31 October 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 26 December 1917. Marched in to 14th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 27 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 April 1918; taken on strength, 13th Bn, in the field, 17 April 1918.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 12 June 1918 (anaemia), and transferred same day to 5th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 14, 14 June 1918, and admitted to 1st General Hospital, Entretat, 15 June 1918; to 1st Australian Convalescent Depot, 30 June 1918; rejoined unit, 10 August 1918.

Wounded in action (19 August 1918), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 37th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 August 1918; to Ambulance Train No 16, 20 August 1918, and admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 21 August 1918. Invalided to England, 22 August 1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Sitchley Section, Birmingham, 23 August 1918 (wound: severe); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 4 September 1918; discharged to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 14 September 1919.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, 5 November 1918. Found guilty, No 3 Bn, Overseas Training Brigade, Sandhill, 27 November 1918, of failing to appear at place of parade appointed by his CO: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 2 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orsova', 8 January 1919; arrived Melbourne, 20 February 1919; discharged, Sydney, 26 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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