Ho­bart-born Cook was of­fi­cer in Bri­tish Army

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - DAMIAN BESTER Home ground ad­van­tage: Pages 30-31

AMONG the more than 500 ser­vice­men and women re­mem­bered on the Sol­diers’ Me­mo­rial Av­enue are a small num­ber who served with armies other than the Aus­tralian Im­pe­rial Force.

There are some who were mem­bers of the New Zealand Ex­pe­di­tionary Force as well as oth­ers who served in var­i­ous units of the Bri­tish Army.

Elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer Jack Cook left Tas­ma­nia with the first troops of the largely Tas­ma­nian 12th Bat­tal­ion but ended up as an of­fi­cer in the Bri­tish Army.

Born at the Glebe, Ho­bart, in 1892, Jack was the son of Clara and po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent John Cook.

He was one of the orig­i­nal An­zacs, join­ing up at Pontville in Septem­ber 1914 and set­ting sail from Ho­bart on HMAT Geelong the next month.

He served at Gal­lipoli and was evac­u­ated to hos­pi­tal in Lem­nos, then Malta and ul­ti­mately Eng­land af­ter suf­fer- ing a se­vere con­cus­sion when he was buried un­der sand­bags at An­zac Cove.

By now a lance cor­po­ral, he was dis­charged from hos­pi­tal in Oc­to­ber 1915 and was given 10 days leave in Eng­land.

In Jan­uary 1916 he was dis­charged from the AIF af­ter be­ing granted a com­mis­sion in the Bri­tish Army, ap­pointed as lieu­tenant in the Royal West Sur­rey Reg­i­ment, known as the “Queen’s Own.”

That Oc­to­ber it was an­nounced that he would be awarded the Mil­i­tary Cross for gal­lant con­duct in go­ing over a para­pet in broad day­light and

Jack Cook

un­der en­emy fire to bring in a wounded man.

The Mer­cury re­ported on Fe­bru­ary 27, 1917, that Jack’s friends in Ho­bart would be pleased to hear he had paid a visit to Buck­ing­ham Palace, and was dec­o­rated by King Ge­orge V.

On Oc­to­ber 1, 1918, Jack was serv­ing as an act­ing cap­tain with a trench mor­tar bat­tery when he was killed in ac­tion at Cor­trai, Bel­gium. He was buried at the Zantvo­orde Bri­tish Ceme­tery, aged 25.

Lieu­tenant John Valen­tine (Jack) Cook is re­mem­bered at tree 507 on the Sol­diers’ Me­mo­rial Av­enue.

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