1884 – 1917

Frank Cecil Cook was born 27 July 1884 in Capel St Mary Suffolk he was the son of the late William Cook and Elizabeth Jane Cook (nee) Gibbs who were landlords of The White Horse Inn on the London Road Capel St Mary. His father William was born May 1841 in Bawdsey Suffolk and died 6 July 1904, his mother was born about 1849 in Orford Suffolk and died 7th January 1923 in Capel St Mary, they were married at Tattingstone Suffolk on 1st October 1881. Frank was one five children 1 died as a child his surviving siblings were Harry William born 7th January 1883 after leaving school he worked as a carpenter and died in Capel St Mary in May 1939, Frank himself Violet born 12th September 1886 and James born 23rd November 1888 all born in Capel St Mary Suffolk.

Frank along with his siblings was educated in Capel St Mary School and upon leaving he assisted his widowed mother in running the White Horse Inn. He married Eva Martha Skitter on 31/12/ 1913 in St Mary’s Church Capel St Mary Suffolk.

He enlisted at Bury St Edmunds Suffolk and joined the Bedfordshire Regiment as Private 31278 Cook later transferring to The Machine Gun Corps and became Private 66674 Cook of 76 Company. Frank was killed in action on 14th June 1917 during the battle of Arras.

He has no known grave but is remembered on Bay 10 of the Arras Memorial. His name is also on a brass plaque in Capel St Mary Church

Frank was posthumously awarded:

The 1914-1918 British War Medal

The 1914-1919 Victory Medal

His Next of Kin would also have received the Memorial Plaque and Scroll

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