PRIVATE EDGAR GEORGE COOKE
Died 29th March 1917
No. 26213 of the 5th Wiltshire Regiment, Duke of Edinburghs.
Resided: 28 The Leys, Woburn Sands
There are references to this man as either Edward or Edgar, but on his death, the family wrote in to the Beds Standard to correct the name as Edgar.
Edgar’s father, Henry John, lived on The Leys. Edgar was working on the new Golf Course at Aspley Guise when he and his brother Roland Charles both volunteered in November 1915, under Lord Derby’s scheme (known as the “Pal’s Battalions”) and left for Mesopotamia with the 5th Wiltshires the next year. Another brother was in the Northants Regiment, and brother Frederick was on HMS Africa. Edgar was formerly with the Royal Field Artillery, no. 128436
He was killed in action, aged 20. His family had received a letter a few days before his death, saying he had been ‘over-the-top’ but had survived OK. His picture appeared in the “Beds Times” in May, when news reached his family. He is listed on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. Listed on the Woburn Sands Memorial.
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