Etc. -- John Cook killed in action, 1916
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A page 1 article in the 15 Nov 1914 issue of the Simcoe Reformer included summary descriptions of those who went overseas from Norfolk in the second contingent. The following is extracted from that article.

Private J. E. Cook, 29 years. Born in England. 
Lived in Courtland. Wife and children there.

The following transcription is of a page 1 article in the 22 Jun 1916 
issue of the Simcoe Reformer. [Some paragraph breaks inserted by 
the transcriber]

One of Them was Killed in Action 
-- The Other Wounded

This week has brought sad news to the family of 
Mr. J. Ross Cook. On Tuesday the name of one son, Robert E., appeared in the list of wounded as having 
been hit in the head and leg.

Yesterday a wire from Ottawa told that another son, 
John, had been killed in action in France on June 3rd.

Deceased was well and favorably known in Simcoe. 
He left here a year ago with Mr. Dugit for Camp Niagara, but almost immediately was sent overseas, as he was a well-drilled soldier.

Latterly he had been serving with the 4th Company of 
the 13th Battalion.

He leaves a widow and one child, here in Simcoe. 
A third brother, Harry, is in France, also a brother-in-law, Pte. Atherley.

The father, J. Ross Cook, is a Welland Canal Guard.

The following is not a transcription but is based on a page 3 article in the 19 Sep 1918 issue of the Simcoe Reformer.

A Patriotic Simcoe Family
Father, Four Sons and Son-in-Law 
Who Responded Nobly to Canada's Call 
for Active Service

Corporal Ross Cook of Simcoe (photo). Serving with the Welland Canal Guard since the outbreak of the War. He is a veteran of the British Army of many years standing and has seen service all around the world.

Private "Jack" Cook (photo). Killed in action in France. Enlisted for service with the late Major Dugit.

Private George William Cook (photo). Recently reported as having been gassed. This young hero won the Military Medal some time ago. Afterwards e was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. At The beginning of the late offensive he captured a third coveted decoration, the Distinguished Conduct Medal. His brother here in Simcoe has the photographs of three husky Roche soldiers  that George William accounted for in Succession one morning.

Private Robert E. Cook (photo). Enlisted in Simcoe. Was seriously wounded and returned to Canada. He was recently appointed by the local Board of Education, janitor of the new South Ward School in Simcoe.

Private Harry Cook (photo). Served in France, was badly gassed and returned to Canada.

Private Harry Atherton (photo). Son-in-law of Corporal Ross Cook. Enlisted with the late Major Dugit.


John Cook
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