Private Thomas Cooke

Service number 3055
Birth Date 1881-07-05
Birth Place New Zealand: South Island, Canterbury, Kaikoura
Death Date 1916-07-25 - 1916-07-26
Death Place France: Picardie, Somme, Pozieres
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1916-09-09
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1916-12-14

Thomas Cooke (1881-1916) was 35 years old and married with a family when he won the Victoria Cross. He had been born in New Zealand and migrated to Australia shortly before the war. His hobby was band music, and he played the cornet.

In the initial attack on Pozières his battalion captured vital ground. It then had to hold on under heavy artillery fire and determined enemy counter-attacks. Cooke was part of a Lewis gun team working from a particularly dangerous position. Even after all the others with him had been killed or wounded, he remained fighting at his isolated post. When help finally reached the position, Cooke was found dead at his gun. His body was lost in the later fighting around Pozières.



Date of birth 05 July 1881
Other 1912 Migrated to Australia.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 16 February 1915 Alooted as a reinforcement to the 24th Battalion.
Date promoted 25 November 1915 Appointed Acting Corporal.
Date of embarkation 26 November 1915 Embarked for Egypt.
Awarded Victoria Cross 1916-07-24 - 1916-07-25 For action at Pozieres, France whilst serving with 8 Battalion, 2 Brigade, 1 Division as a Private
Date of death 1916-07-25 - 1916-07-26 Killed in action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Date of recommendation honour or award 31 July 1916
Date of recommendation honour or award 31 July 1916