Diary of George Sydney Cook, 1914

Accession Number AWM2016.30.58
Collection number PR82/136
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 114 Image/s captured
Maker Cook, George Sydney
Date made 1914; 1982
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Digital format and content protected by copyright.

Photocopy of the First World War diary of Major Sydney Cook, 2nd Battalion. Includes biographical information for Sister Elsie Sheppard Cook and Major George Sydney Cook, compiled by their son Peter Joseph Cook.
This diary covers the period from 21 August 1914 to 5 December 1914. Cook describes the journey on HMAT Suffolk from embarkation at Sydney, on 18 October 1914, to Alexandria. He describes his participation in, and dislike of, court martials, concerts held on board the ship, lectures, including the lecture on 'Transport and Convoys' he delivered on 30 November 1914, and a boxing tournament held on board. Cook briefly describes his wedding to Elsie Sheppard on 19 September 1914,and frequently writes of missing her, and writing to her and their families. He writes extensively of the engagement between HMAS Sydney and SMS Emden off the coast of the Cocos Islands. He later writes of the reports of the engagement in the newspapers in Colombo. Cook describes the port of Colombo, including the architecture, people, and the announcement of the death of Lord Frederick Roberts. Cook has also transposed a number of bugle calls, sketched the deck of HMAT Suffolk, and a map of the route from Sydney to Alexandria, a list of the Australian and New Zealand ships in the first convoy and photographs taken on the journey. The diary ends on 5 December 1914 with Cook's arrival in Alexandria.