Cook, Charles: Service no. 53663 (Military Medal, Military Cross)

Digitized Service Record

Source: Earned the Military Medal for “Bravery in the Field” during the actions at the Somme September 1916.

Also awarded a Military Cross per London Gazette 31219 and 31583. Not able to find the citation at this time.

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Source: Operation Picture Me via The 18th Battalion Facebook Group. London Free Press. October 11, 1917.
Appendix to October 1916 War Diary outlining the soldiers who won decorations from Septembers 1916 action on the Somme Front.
Appendix to October 1916 War Diary outlining the soldiers who won decorations from Septembers 1916 action on the Somme Front.
Military Service Summary
Summary of Service from Service Record.
Source: London Free Press. May 1919. Via Operation Picture Me from the 18th Battalion Facebook Group.

THEY MIX WELL

There is a comaradie [sic] between the officers and men that is very marked.

The officers relate amusing incidents connected with the life of their men. On the other hand the men tell amusing stories about the pay officers of D Company.

It appears that after the armistice these officers decided to wear breeches for street walking and pooled their capital, which they found was only sufficient to purchase two pairs. Now they have a duty roster for the two pairs of breeches which permits of only two officers being dressed up at a time.

One interesting story the men tall about the fortunes of war concerns the present adjutant of the battalion, Capt. Chas. Cook.

When the war broke out Capt. Cook enlisted as a private in the 18th.

At the Somme he was promoted to lance-corporal and awarded the Military Medal.

After the battle of Arras he was given a commission and awarded the Military Cross. But between the two incidents in his fighting career he decide to prepare for the future and married a beautiful Welsh girl.

Mrs. Cook, with her two children, accompanied her husband to Canada.

Via the 18th Battalion Facebook Group contributed by Annette Fulford.

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