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George Alfred COOK

Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMining engineer
Address18 Elphin Grove, Hawthorn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Francis Henry Cook, 18 Elphin Grove, Hawthorn, Victoria
Enlistment date17 February 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameNo 1 Mining Corps
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Tunnelling Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Work near Bellicourt on 29 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 5 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919

Military Cross

'During the operations against the Hindenburg line, near Bellicourt, on 29th September 1918, he was in charge of a forward road party clearing and maintaining a tactical road. Shell and machine gun fire caused several casualties to his party, but, thanks to his courage and fine example, the work was successfully executed. Although struck by a piece of shell, and badly bruised early in the day, he remained with his party throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 6801 Pte Francis William James COOK, 23rd Bn, killed in action, 18 August 1918; Major Leonard Roy COOK, Australian Army Medical Corps, returned to Australia, 25 March 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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