Samuel Melville COOK

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COOK, Samuel Melville

Service Number: 987
Enlisted: 11 January 1915, Herberton, Queensland
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 5th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Charters Towers, Queensland, 19 September 1886
Home Town: Atherton, Tablelands, Queensland
Schooling: not known
Occupation: Timber worker
Died: Died of Wounds (received at Gallipoli), Alexandria, Egypt, 14 November 1915, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Memorials: Atherton War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ravenshoe War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 987, Herberton, Queensland
17 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 987, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 987, 5th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Malakuta, Newcastle
14 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 987, 5th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

Samuel Melville Cook - Information taken from The AIF Project

Samuel COOK
Regimental number 987
Place of birth Charters Towers, Queensland
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Labourer
Address Atherton, Queensland
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 27
Height 6' 2"
Weight 168 lbs
Next of kin Father, Samuel Cook, Atherton, Queensland
Previous military service Nil
Enlistment date 11 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 11 January 1915
Place of enlistment Herberton, Queensland
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 5th Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 10/10/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Newcastle, New South Wales, on board HMAT A57 Malakuta on 17 May 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 5th Light Horse Regiment
Fate Died of wounds 14 November 1915
Place of death or wounding Gallipoli, Turkey
Age at death 27
Place of burial Chatby War memorial Cemetery (Row A, Grave No. 22), Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial 4
Other details War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength 5th Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, 25 September 1915; wounded but remained at duty 29 October 1915.

Mortally wounded, 5 November 1915 (bomb wound, back, compound fracture); disembarked Alexandria, 9 November 1915; admitted to 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, 10 November 1915; died of wounds, 14 November 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Samuel Melville COOK was born at Charters Towers, Queensland on 19th September, 1886

His parents were Samuel COOK & Ellen KELLY