COOKE, CHARLES NUTTALL 17638 Private 2nd Battalion 23rd Bde 8th Division

THE CAMERONIANS (SCOTTISH RIFLES)

Born Rochdale  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  24th August 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 31.

Lancashire Daily Post Wednesday 13th October 1915

News has been received that Private Charles Nuttall Cooke of the 2nd Scottish Rifles, the son of Mr and Mrs Walmsley, 14 Brook Street, Leyland was killed in action in France on August 24th. He was 21 years of age (a small photo – one of a block of four – is with this report).

Preston Guardian Sat. 16th October 1915

Identical report to that in the L.D.P. of Wed. Oct. 13th, 1915.

C. N. Cooke’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Wesleyan / Methodist ‘Roll of Honour’.

Note:- The above Roll of Honour is now in the South Ribble Museum, Church Road, Leyland.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Charles Nuttall Cooke is buried in the:-

RUE - PETILLON MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, FRANCE Grave Ref: Plot II  Row M  Grave 20.  No next-of-kin information.

Fleurbaix is a village in the Pas-de-Calais 5km south-west of Armentières on the D22. Rue Petillon will be found by taking the D175 from Fleurbaix towards Fauquissart, then the D171 towards Petillon. The cemetery is on the south side of the road from Petillon to La Boutillerie.

Chorley Parliamentary Division – Electoral Register 1918

St. John Ward, Leyland  Division I  14 Brook Street   Robert and Rose Ann Walmsley.

Note 1:- Capt. James’s ‘Records’ shows no major battle or action at the time of Charles Cooke’s death. Presumably the 2nd Scottish Rifles were engaged in general trench warfare in the line near Fleurbaix.

Note 2:- No. 14 Brook Street is now demolished. Nos. 4-17 were pulled-down before the re-numbering of Fox Lane which took place on 20th February 1939: it would have been 255 Fox Lane but for the demolition.

Cooke, Charles Nuttall. WE Waring 2003