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Oswald Edgar COOK

Regimental number5446
Place of birthKoolunga, South Australia
ReligionSalvation Army
OccupationSalvation Army officer
Address38 Scott Street, Parkside, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs R E Cook, Solomontown, South Australia
Enlistment date13 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 4, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 21 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 20 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty whilst acting as Drivers of a Horsed Ambulance Wagon in the ZONNEBEKE area, east of YPRES on 21st October, 1917, especially under the following circumstances: At about 5 p.m. while an ammunition dump was on fire these Drivers [5446 O.E. COOK and 1028 S.J. LEONARD] hearing that there were several seriously wounded men awaiting carriage to Motor Wagon Post volunteered to bring the wounded men down despite the fat that the ammunition dump was very near the road. The journey was accomplished in safety. The prompt action of these Drivers no doubt saved the lives of the patients whose only chance was immediate surgical attention which could only be obtained at the A.D.S. YPRES.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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