COOK, WALTER 40361 Private 16th Battalion 115th Brigade 38th Division


Born Leyland  Enlisted Leyland  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  22nd October 1916

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 45.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 11th November 1916

Official news has been received by Mrs Cook of 52 Turpin Green Lane, Leyland, of the death in action on October 22nd, 1916 of her son Pte Walter Cook of the Welsh Regiment.

He enlisted March 29th, 1916, was 20 years of age and had only been out 3 weeks. He was employed at Wood-Milne Rubber Company and attended St. Ambrose Church.

Preston Guardian Sat. 18th November 1916

A short report of the death of Walter Cook as in the Chorley Guardian above, with photograph.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine November 1916

‘News has since come of the death of Walter Cook, Welch Regiment, who was killed in action on October 22nd, after having been only a few days in the trenches.’

A Memorial Inscription on the family grave in St. Andrew’s Churchyard:-

Walter Cook Killed in Action

Oct. 22nd, 1916 aged 20 years

Son of James William and Mary Cook

Walter Cook’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Walter Cook is buried in the:-

ESSEX FARM CEMETERY, BOEZINGE, BELGIUM Grave Ref: Plot III Row J  Grave 15. Son of William and Mary Cook, 52 Turpin Green Lane, Leyland. Age 20.

Boezinge is a village in the Province of West Flanders, north of Ieper on the Diksmuidseweg road (N369).

St. Ambrose, Leyland Baptismal Register

Bapt: 23rd Sept. 1896 Walter son of William and Mary Cook of Leyland. Born 17th July 1896.

Lancashire Daily Post Wednesday October 23rd., 1918

‘In Memoriam’

COOK – In loving memory of our dear son, Pte Walter Cook, Welsh Regt., killed in action October 23rd., 1916 – Never forgotten by his Father, Mother, Sister and Brothers, 52 Turpin Green Lane, Leyland.

Note 1:- The 38th Division, of which the 16th Welsh was a part, was not engaged in any major operations at the time of Walter Cook’s death; but, from his place of burial it would seem that his death occurred in general trench warfare in the Yprès Salient.

Note 2:- After the re-numbering of the streets in Leyland (1935-1939), No. 52 Turpin Green Lane became the present day No.12.

Cook, Walter. WE Waring 2003