George Dickson COOK DCM, MiD

COOK, George Dickson

Service Number: 805
Enlisted: 17 August 1914, Albert Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Newport, Victoria, 1890
Home Town: Oakleigh, Monash, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Electrician
Died: Natural causes, Melbourne, Victoria, 27 August 1962
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 805, Albert Park, Victoria
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Bombardier, SN 805, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Bombardier, SN 805, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Bombardier, SN 805, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
6 Aug 1915: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli
28 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 805, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

"GALLANTRY REWARDED. UNIQUE DISTINCTION WON BY VICTORIAN CORPORAL

To gain the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the Medaille Militaire, and be mentioned in despatches four times, is a a rare distinction. This is the record of No. 805 Corporal George D. Cook, D.C.M., of the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. Enlisting on the outbreak of war, he left here on October 20, 1914, as a a bombardier. On the voyage from Albany to Egypt a collision occurred in the night, and for gallant conduct he was awarded a stripe and congratulated. After further training in Egypt he was at the landing of Gallipoli. For conspicuous gallantry under heavy shell fire, in re-establishing a communication when telephone wires were cut, Corporal Cook was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. In this stunt he was seriously wounded, and sent to Mena Hospital. After recovering from his wounds he was transferred to France, and was mentioned in despatches on January 28, 1916, for conspicuous service there. On February 22, 1916, he was awarded the Medaille Militaire in recognition of distinguished services. On July 11, 1916, Corporal Cook again came under the notice of his officers, and was mentioned in despatches (the fourth time) for disinguished and gallant services rendered. From his boyhood this Victorian hero had a liking for the military, being a member of the Geelong Cadets at the age of 12. He later became a member of the Mounted Cadets at Clifton Hill, under Captain A. Rushall, afterwards joining the Field Artillery at Windsor. He is 27 years of age, and the son of Mr G. C. Cook, the president of the Oaklelgh Bowling Club.." - from the Melbourne Herald 16 Mar 1918 (nla.gov.au)

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