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Soldiers – Cooke Family – Six at the Front

July 1916

Mexborough and Swinton Times, July 1, 1916

Mrs Cooke, widow of the late Mr John Cooke, of High Street, Great Houghton, is a mother of eight sons, six of whom are serving, and the remaining two are under military age.

(1) Seaman James Cooke joined the Royal Marines within a few days of the outbreak of war, and was interned in Holland about 15 months ago. He is still at Groningen, and enjoys good health.

(2) and (3), Privates Fred and Henry Cooke, also enlisted early in the war, and were dispatched 15 months ago to France, where the former is serving with the K.O.Y.L.I. The latter Henry, served with the York and Lancs, and received wounds in his right arm after being out about 11 or 12 weeks. He is now at Queen Mary’s Military Hosital, Whalley and underwent an operation there a few weeks ago.

(4) Trooper John Alfred Cooke joined the Yorkshire dragoons nearly a year ago, and is stationed at York.

(5) Private Charles William Cooke is with the York and Lancs at Hylton Castle. He is 19 years of age.

(6) Private Arthur Cooke is with the South Wales Borderers in France.

Arthur Cooke