Killed in Action at Vimy Ridge
13 Apr 1917
A comrade-in-arms, who knew
him well, writing to a common friend, not a relative, said of
"Men of his character
never die. To such of our boys as he, who played a man's part and
paid the price, neither painter, poet or sculptor will ever devise
monument worthy of the gone but never forgotten. One of France's
ruined hamlets envisages more in its desolation than anything that
can be built by humans.
"It's better now, but
after all, do you not prefer it as it is, than have to think of
him as one without sufficient manhood to strike one blow to defend
home, country, mother, sister, friend, honour?
"This is a just cause
in which we fight. It cannot be won by excuses or specious
objections. Heartily sick of it all as I am, nothing that can be
urged on the other side could avail to quiet my conscience or keep
"You and I know that
Wallace Cook would choose to climb Vimy Ridge 10 times over,
suffer all that meant and more, rather than continue to walk the
streets of Simcoe in shame and safety.
"And so he lives in
memories that raise their own monuments, beautiful, even if