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McSteve COOK

Regimental number5059
Place of birthSan Francisco, California, USA
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 6.75"
Weight132 lbs
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date29 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 1 April 1916; disembarked Suez, 12 May 1916. Transferred to 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 May 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 June 1916.

Admitted to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 December 1916 (trench feet); transferred by Ambulance Train to 22nd General Hospital, Camiers, 8 December 1916; to England, 10 December 1916, and admitted same day to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham. Discharged on furlough, 23 April 1917, to report to Training Depot, Wareham, 8 May 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 28 June 1917; rejoined Bn, 26 August 1917.

Admitted to 1st General Hospital, Etretat, 18 May 1918 (trench fever); discharged to 1st Australian Corps Depot, 22 June 1918; marched in to Australian Infantry Base Depot, 6 July 1918; rejoined unit, 15 July 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 27 August 1918. Married Eliza Ann GLEAVES, George Street, Chesterton, at Wolstanton Primitive Methodist Church, 10 September 1918.Found guilty, London, 23 September 1918, of being absent without leave from 7 am, 12 September, to 9.45 am, 16 September 1918: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 9 days' pay. Rejoined unit, 19 September 1918.

Transferred to 59th Bn from 60th Bn, 25 September 1918.

Wounded in action, 29 September 1918 (gun shot wounds, multiple, head); transferred to 58th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 October 1918; by Ambulance Train No 36 to 73rd General Hospital, Trouville, 3 October 1918; to England, 28 October 1918, and admitted to Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, 30 October 1918; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 2 December 1918. Discharged on furlough, 3 December 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 17 December 1918. Granted extension of leave until 18 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Indarra', 12 July 1919 ; disembarked Melbourne, 6 September 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 29 October 1919 (medically unfit).

Medals: British War Medal Victory Medal
Date of death31 July 1928

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