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    Posted: 04 Oct 2012 at 17:29

COOKE William Sergeant 8672, *Z Coy, 1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Born: Killcullen, Co Kildare *Resided: Sunny Hill, Kilcullen Enlisted: Naas, Co Kildare

Age: 30 Date of Death: 03/10/1915 Cause: Killed in action.

Awards: D. C. M. and the Russian Order of St George.

D.C.M. Citation: 8672 A/Sgt W. Cooke 2nd Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers. For Conspicuous gallantry and coolness on 25th April 1915, and the following eight days, patrolling every night up to the enemy lines. From the top of a farm he killed about ten Germans, and then went out and took prisoner their leader, an officer. (London Gazette 30/6/1915)

*Family Notes: Son of, William and Anne Cooke, Sunny Hill, Kilcullen, County Kildare.

Religion: Roman Catholic. Trade/profession: General Labourer (1911 Census).


Suvla. 5 men to hospital. During the night a very severe task was given to establish a new firing line. A blockhouse in our possession had to be connected up to existing line. A start was made on North side and good work done. One man was badly wounded by a Turkish bullet, and 8672 Sgt W Cooke, Z Coy, was shot through stomach. Both died and Sgt Cooke was the greatest loss as he was an invaluable reconnoitrer by night. 3 men 10774 Cpl Byrne, 5728 Private Irwin, 8757 Private McGuire X Coy, behaved in a very gallant manner and brought in 2 wounded men from the open under a very heavy fire. Excellent work was also done by 15149 Sgt Byrne, Y Coy. The 3 rescuers formed part of the covering party under Lt Oulton. This officer behaved with the greatest coolness and courage, especially when half his party retired into the firing trenches when the first wounded by a Turkish bomb. Capts. de Wolf and Hawes directed operations and it is to their splendid efforts and courage that only 2 casualties occurred.   Extract from War Diary of 1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers (dated 2/10/1915).


Other notes: Sergeant Cooke’s Medal Index Card shows him as entering the French Theatre of Operations on 23/8/1914. Sergeant Cooke is mentioned in the book “Trenching at Gallipoli” by John Gallishaw a member of the Newfoundland Regiment who served at Suvla Bay alongside the Royal Dublin Fusiliers; Gallishaw describes some of Sergeant Cooke’s exploits and the high regard in which the Sergeant was held by all that met him.

Will notes: Sergeant Cooke in will dated (6/9/15) bequeathed all his personal effects to his mother, named as “Mrs Anne Cooke, Sunny Hill, Kilcullen, County Kildare, Ireland”.

Census Notes: The 1911 Census shows William (aged 26) residing with his parents, William (Army Pensioner, 65th Regt of Foot aged 76), and Annie (aged 50) at, Sunny Hill, Kilcullen, County Kildare, also present were his brothers and sister,  John (aged 25), Robert (aged 19), Patrick (aged 16) and Bridget (aged 14); his parents stated that during their marriage they had ten children, all of whom were alive at the time of the Census. The 1901 Census shows the family (residing at, Knockaulin, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare) as follows; William (aged 63) and Anne (aged 41) and their children, Lizzie (aged 19), John (aged 14), Christina (aged 13), Ellen (aged 11), Robert (aged 9), Patrick (aged 6), and Bridget (aged 4).

Special Notes: Sergeant Cooke’s entry in the IWM records shows his cause of death as “killed in action – gunshot wounds – Dardanelles”.

Grave/Memorial: I. C. 19. Azmak Cemetery, Suvla.

IWM Records Page No: Volume II, Page 145.


His CWGC page may be viewed here,%20W

Edited by Mal Murray - 08 May 2015 at 14:00
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