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Andrew William COOK

Regimental number512
Place of birthWest Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFlour miller
Address66 Smith Street, Kensington, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Cook, 66 Smith Street, Kensington, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night 1st/2nd May, 1918, he was a member of a raiding party, and displayed great gallantry and devotion to duty. After two enemy posts had been driven back to the main line, he stood at the enemy wire and engaged an enemy machine gun with bombs, thus preventing the gun from firing, and covering the withdrawal of the raiding party with their wounded. he remained there until wounded in the head. This raid took place immediately east of SAILLY-LE-SEC.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Discharge date12 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Durham', 22 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 21 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 12 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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