Sunday 14 July 2013

Private Clarence Herbert Cook

Born on 26 November 1887 in Brampton, Ontario - son of James Henry Cook, Brampton, Ontario - at time of enlistment in 1916: present address in Toronto, Ontario, trade as painter, widower, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 7 January 1916 (number 775041) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery (grave B.15), France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Cook's headstone in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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