Etc. -- Wallace Cook Killed at Vimy Ridge, 1917
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The following is from a page 1 article in the 22 Feb 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

PTE. GEORGE WALLACE COOK

A member of the staff of the Molsons Bank, Simcoe.

Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Cook of Vittoria, have been advised by cable by the War Office that their son has been wounded in the head in action in France. Pte. Cook went with the 133rd, and was in the first draft to go to France.
 
 
 

 

The following is from a page 1 article in the 26 Apr 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

PRIVATE WALLACE COOK

Pte. George Wallace Myron Cook, 776528, well known young man of Norfolk, killed in action at Vimy Ridge.

Before enlistment he was a member of the staff at the Molsons Bank, Simcoe, and was most highly esteemed by his superior officers and by the whole community. 

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin M. Cook, live in Charlotteville, near Vittoria. Mrs. Lawson and 
Mrs. Burgess of Simcoe, are sisters of his mother.
 
 
 

The following is partial transcript from Vittoria column on page 2 of the 17 May 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer.

There was a memorial service for the late 
Privates Wallace Cook and Percy Smith in 
the Baptist Church last Sunday evening. 

J. W. Chadwick expressed the sympathy of 
the church to the deceased's relatives; 
Mr. F. J. Shearer represented the Sunday School, 
and J. G. Chadwick the B.Y.P.U. 

Very appropriate music was rendered by the choir. 
E. M. Kitchen sang a solo. 
The floral offerings were particularly beautiful. 

 

The following is a lightly-edited transcript of a page 5 article in the 
11 Apr 1918 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper

PTE. WALLACE COOK
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 Wallace Cook:

"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 me home.

"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 painful."
 
 

Also see Wallace's Attestation paper: side 1 | side 2


G. Wallace Cook

 
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