William Horace COOKE

COOKE, William Horace

Service Number: 5106
Enlisted: 26 April 1916, Transferred to 32nd Battalion on 13 October 1916 at Etaples.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 14 June 1893
Home Town: Tungkillo, Mid Murray, South Australia
Schooling: Tungkillo Primary School, South Australia
Occupation: Wheelwright
Died: Killed in Action, France, 29 September 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Mention in records of Australian Section, 3rd Echelon, G.H.Q., British Expeditionary Force, buried, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France, Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension, Doingt, Peronne, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mount Pleasant District Memorial, Mount Pleasant Pictorial Honour Roll, Mount Pleasant Roll of Honor, Tungkillo Memorial Wall, Tungkillo Roll of Honor, Tungkillo War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

26 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5106, 27th Infantry Battalion, Transferred to 32nd Battalion on 13 October 1916 at Etaples.
27 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, 5106, 27th Infantry Battalion
27 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, 5106, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Barambah, Melbourne
29 Sep 1918: Involvement Private, 5106, 32nd Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Paula Bartsch

Enlisted 26 April 1916 at Adelaide, South Australia, in 2th Battalion, 13th Reinforcements.

Unit embarked from Adelaide per Barambah on 27 June 1916.

Transferred to 32nd Battalion on 13 October 1916 at Etaples. Suffered with sickness (orchitis, mumps) 11 December 1916. Returned to field. Gassed 15 February 1917. Suffered with sickness regularly thereafter and was transferred to hospital, returning to the field eventually. Sprained ankle 16 September 1917.

Went on leave to England 29 November 1917.

Sick with laryngitis 4 April 1918. Returned to field.

Killed in action in France 29 September 1918, aged 25 years.

Commemorated Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France, pictured on Mount Pleasant Soldiers' Memorial Hall Honor Board and the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Honor Board, South Australia.

A farewell social was given in the Tungkillo Hall when he left for service. Word was received by the family of his illness in England. He was a member of the Tungkillo Methodist Church.

He was an only son...

'The weary one is sleeping sweet;

All troubles are unknown.

No more his aching heart will beat,

For Christ has claimed His own

(from the Family Notice in The Register dated 5 November 1918.