27 October 2018
“NOBLY AND WILLINGLY, HE ANSWERED HIS COUNTRY’S CALL”
Cyril Mountfort Cook was born on 28 May 1894 to Sarah and Frederick Cook, a draper. In 1901 the family were living at White Hall, Summer Hill, Kingswinford, Staffordshire and had at least four other children, Sydney, Dorothy, Edward and Geoffrey. By 1911 they were living at 4 Ednam Road Dudley; the father is listed as a wholesale and retail draper, and eldest son Sydney also as a wholesale draper. Unusually for the time Cyrils' sister, 18 year old Dorothy, is listed as a university student.
Cyril attended Tamton School and then took the Harper Adams Agricultural College Certificate course from 9 October 1911 to 18 July 1913. He is recorded in 1912 as having passed exams (2nd Class) in Agriculture, Horticulture & Farm Implements.
Cyril Cook served from 1915 with the 7th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment and died on 27 August 1917 Age 23 in action in the Third Battle of Ypres age 23.
More details about his military service may be found here:
He is remembered with honour at Tyne Cot Cemetery LXII. E. 16. where his remains were reburied in 1922.
Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world. It is now the resting place of more than 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire from the First World War.