Charles Adams Cook


Charles Adams Cook


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Second Lieutenant
Bedfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.


1914 (Mons) Star (with Clasp & Roses), British War and Victory medals


XVII. H. 35.

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Roll of Honour, Hertford
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Hertford
Hertford Working Men’s Club (Now Sloppy Joe’s Bar)
Thundridge War Memorial

Pre War

Charles was born 1892 in Hertford, Herts. Son of William Henry Cook a Corn & Coal Merchant and Elizabeth Rebecca Cook. His father died in 1901 and it is probable that Charles was at a very small school in Cromer (8 pupils!), as a boarder, and is said to have been privately educated in Hythe after that. 1911 Census shows him aged 19 years working in the family Corn & Coal Merchants business. His mother is shown as a widow and the head of the family. Home address is given as Old Cross House, Hertford, Herts. His Medal card also shows him with the Rank of Lieutenant however this does not appear on any other documents.

Wartime Service

He enlisted in the 1st/1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment as Private 1467 Charles Adams Cook. From his medal card we find he held the Rank of Lance Sergeant and Sergeant in the 1st/1st Hertfordshire Regiment. The battalion was part of the BEF arriving in France in November 1914. He was later Commissioned into the 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant. An extract from the Battalion War Diary 11/03/16 shows he was in the trenches with his men when he was shot by a sniper and killed instantly during a quiet time in the front line at St Laurent-Blangy near Arras.

Additional Information

The Thundridge memorial records him as serving with the 2nd Bedfordshires, but he was serving with the 1st Bn. When he was killed. His mother died shortly after the end of the war. They lived and worked at Old Cross Hertford. A Charles Cook is listed under the Commercial Section of Kellys Directory in Wadesmill in 1914, so presumable he had moved into the area, and this accounts for his name on the Thundridge War Memorial.


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