PRIVATE REGINALD HASTINGS COOK
25TH NOVEMBER 1915 AGE 22
BURIED: SHELL GREEN CEMETERY, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY
A lovely tribute from a father to his son - what more could a father want his son to be, except alive of course.
Reginald Hastings Cook enlisted on 25 May 1915, sailed for Gallipoli on 14 July and was killed on 25 November.
"He was killed a half past six on the 25th November, a Friday at Larges Post. Detailed with three others for patrol duty and whilst climbing out over the trench was shot right through the head by a Turkish sniper about fifteen yards off, who must have gained the knowledge in some way that the patrol was to start from this point and lay in waiting. Death was instantaneous. Buried the following morning at eleven o' clock in a cemetery close to Shrapnel Green. The memorial service was held over the grave at two thirty. Cook was very great friend of informant. The above facts were taken from informant's diary."
Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files