Alexander Ernest Cook

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Fareham
Service No.: 26955
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 15th
Died: 24th July 1918 aged 20 years
Death location: France


Life before the War
Alexander was the second of 3 sons born to Reuben and Sarah, nee Hodder, who married in Fareham in 1894.  Reuben was born in 1866 in Pitton, Wiltshire and died in Southampton in 1928.  Sarah was born in Bartley (New Forest)  in 1865 and passed away in Southampton in 1925.

The family lived at 58 Oak Tree Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton from the early 1900’s.

Alexander’s brothers were:

Walter Reuben   b.1895 Fareham and d.1974 Southampton.
Married Laura A. Evans in Southampton in 1920. 

George Richard   b. 1899 Fareham   d. 1994 Southampton.
Married Charlotte Light in Southampton in 1930.


War Service
The 15th Hampshires was raised by the Mayor of Portsmouth on 5th April 1915 and was adopted by the War Office on 30th May.

They joined the 122nd Brigade in the 41st Division whilst in training at Aldershot and landed in France in early May 1916.  For the rest of that year,  they were involved in the Battles of Flers-Courcelette and Transloy Ridges.

In 1917 the division fought in the Battle of Messines, the Battle of Pilkem Ridge and the Battle of the Menin Road.  In November the Division was ordered to Italy where they took the front line near the River Piave, near Treviso.

They returned to France in February 1918 and Alexander, together with his divisional colleagues, fought in the Battle St Quentin, the Battle of Bapaume and the Battle of Arras.

The division then transferred to Flanders where it took part in the Battle of the Lys in April.

It appears that Alexander perished during everyday trench warfare, rather than during a major battle.

His name is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 13th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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