Frank Eaden Cook (1890-1918)
An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- COOK, FRANK EADEN, MC. Lieutenant. 1/10th Battalion Manchester Regiment. Formerly Private 20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Born Huddersfield 22.5.1890. Son of Fred Lilley and Eleanor Beatrice Cook, 'Middle House', High Flatts, Denby Dale. Educated New College, Harrogate. Employed as a wool merchant with Messrs Cook, Sons and Company Limited, of Huddersfield and Dewsbury. Married January, 1918, Nora, the younger daughter of Mr J. H. Richardson of Richmond Avenue, Fartown. Enlisted, 1.9.1914, as a Private in the Public Schools Battalion (20th) Royal Fusiliers. Promoted to Lance Corporal in October, 1914, and Corporal in October, 1915. Promoted Sergeant July, 1916. Obtained his commission in November, 1916, in the 1/10th Battalion Manchester Regiment. Made full Lieutenant April, 1918. Wounded at La Bassee, 11.3.1916, and on the Somme, 16.8.1917. He suffered a bullet wound through the calf of the left leg and was treated in hospital in Manchester. Was awarded the Military Cross, in connection with the capture of a village on 30.8.1918. The citation reads, 'This officer, minding that the platoon on his left was held up, after reconnoitring the hostile position, successfully pushed on with his platoon, with great gallantry and skill drove the enemy from his position, thus enabling the platoon on his left to gain its objective. Twice he led his platoon forward at critical moments. This iniative and determination greatly assisted towards the success of the operation'. (London Gazette 11th January 1919). The medal was bestowed on him on 7.10.1918, in France, and after his death forwarded home to his widow. Killed in action, 20.10.1918, aged 28 years. Buried BELLE VUE BRITISH CEMETERY, BRIASTRE. Grave location:- Plot A, Grave 13.
- Brother of Private JOHN (JACK) EADON COOK, reported missing, presumed killed, 20.7.1916.
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #531329)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #931393)