PTE. E. T. COOK
Location : Canadian Records Building, Brookwood Military Cemetery Brookwood Surrey GU24 0JB
Details on cross:
A S C (top tag on cross beam)
30 3 1917 (middle tag on cross beam)
M2/047644 . PTE. E. T. COOK. (bottom tag on cross beam)
Text type: characters embossed on alloy tape and individual tags nailed to woodwork
On display in a glass fronted case and is not accessible for measurements to be taken
Mounting to wall: Hanging from cross beam on pair of purpose made brackets screwed to back board of case
Detailing: Pointed end at base
Finish: untreated wood
Condition: there is a significant bow in the shaft but the wood appears to be sound
Notes and observations
Temporarily on display inside the Canadian Records Building at Brookwood Military Cemetery as part of an exhibition For Then, For Now, For Ever which celebrates the CWGC’s first 100 years.
GRU tag states 30 3 1917, actual date of death was 20 3 1917.
This battlefield cross marked the grave of M2/047644 Pte. Ernest Thomas Cook of the 37th Ammunition Sub Park Army Service Corps (the prefix M2 signifies that he was in a Motor Transport section). Ernest was born in Kennington in 1884 son of William and Ellen Cook and husband of Eva Gwendoline Cook whom he married in 1910.
Ernest first served abroad in July 1915 in France qualifying for the 1914-15 Star Medal. He was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He was killed in action aged 32 on 20th March 1917 and is buried in Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery France, grave reference II.J.3. Before enlisting, he worked as a motor mechanic in Wakefield.
Additional marker (outside UK)
In addition to this marker, another wooden marker adorned with the Star of David which originally marked the grave of Second Lieutenant Marcus Segal, 13th Bn., The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) is kept at the office at Beaurains.
Survey courtesy of Richard Roberts Photos in case Richard Roberts. Photographs of cross exposed courtesy of the CWGC with thanks to Michael Greet and Jackie Withers.
Date of survey: 22 August 2017