Sunday, August 28, 2011

Gunner Harold Cook, R.A., M.E.F.

Gunner Harold Cook, R.A. (281 Bty, 88th H.A.A.)
From Whitehaven, Cumberland (Cumbria)
[Photograph courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']

Gunner Harold Cook, R.A. from Whitehaven, Cumberland was killed in action in the Middle East. At the time of his death he was 34 years old.

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1. Obituary details

Gunner Harold Cook, R.A., Service No. 1738514, was the husband of Mrs Bridget Cook (nee Gilmore). Gunner Cook had been serving with the Middle East Forces for about a year when he was killed in action on 30 November 1941. At the time of his death Gunner Cook was attached to 281 Battery, 88 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment. He is buried at Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt (Grave Ref. 8.C.2). The cemetery is approximately 12 kilometres (c. 7 miles) east of the Egypt / Libya border.

Harold Cook was survived by his wife, Mrs Bridget Cook (nee Gilmore), two daughters and his widowed mother. Gunner Cook is commemorated in the WW2 Borough of Whitehaven Book of Remembrance as well as the WW2 St Begh's R.C. Church War Memorial.

The following obituary notice appeared in 'The Whitehaven News' (18 December 1941):

COOK - Harold, beloved husband of Bridget Cook, killed in action in November 1941 while serving with the Middle East Forces.
On whose soul, sweet Jesus, have mercy.

The following 'Family Notice' appeared in 'The Whitehaven News' dated Thursday 25 December 1941:

COOK - In loving memory of my dear son, Harold, who was killed in action, November 1941, in Middle East.

Only a step removed,
We soon again shall meet,
Our own, our dearly loved,
Around our Saviour's feet.

Mourned by his Mother, Brothers and sisters.

2. Remembering Gunner Harold Cook

His family remembers (1943)

The following 'In Memoriam' appeared in 'The Whitehaven News' (Thursday 2 December 1943):

COOK - To the memory of our beloved son and brother, Harold Cook, H.A.A., R.A., killed in action in the Middle East, November 30, 1941.

On the Resurrection Morning,
Soul and Body meet again:
No more sorrow, no more parting,
No more pain.

From his loving Mam, all Sisters and Brothers serving at home and abroad.


Cumbria County Archives & Library Service, Whitehaven

'The Whitehaven News'

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