Percy Goude COOKE MM+Bar

COOKE, Percy Goude

Service Numbers: 2568, Q200299
Enlisted: 28 May 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st (Qld) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
Born: Mackay, Queensland, 17 April 1884
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Surveyor's Assistant
Died: Natural causes, Queensland, Australia, 28 October 1966, aged 82 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial (Ballarat)
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World War 1 Service

28 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2568, 15th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
16 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2568, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2568, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
12 Aug 1916: Imprisoned Pozières
12 Aug 1916: Wounded Pozières, Shell wound (left leg/hip, right arm)
17 Aug 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2568, 15th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

17 Apr 1942: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN Q200299, Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC), Brisbane, Queensland
18 Apr 1942: Involvement Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN Q200299, Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC), Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
21 Oct 1945: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN Q200299, 1st (Qld) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps

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Biography

Pte. Cooke won the Military Medal for Bravery at Pozierers, and was taken prisoner there on 12 Aug 1916 - He escaped to Holland on 04 Apr 1918 with 3398 Pte. George Henry Reed (/explore/people/268546) and a British soldier of the Scots Guard named Osborne (probably 5860 Pte. John Osborne, 1st Battalion Scots Guards (discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk)). He was later awarded a Bar to his Military Medal for the daring escape.

Percy Cooke and his Australian co-escapee, George Reed, died within 4 months of each other in 1966.

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