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Lance Corporal Joseph Cooke

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Joseph Henry Harrison Cooke

Ancestor's date of birth: 16/03/1864

Ancestor's date of death: 10/08/1952

Cause of Death: Natural Causes

Service Number: 47

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: 4th Victorian Imperial Bushman

Rank attained in Boer War: LCPL, Date Effective: 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No record of post Boer War Service

Murray Page: 261

Contingent: Fourth Victorian

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailig: 01/05/1900

Memorial details: Fawkner Cemetery Melbourne, Rose Garden #2 bed Rose 23

Awards/Decorations: QSA with three clasps: Cape Colony, Rhodesia, SA1901

Personal Characteristics: My grandparents lived with us and I was 16 years old when my Pop died,he was a man with a very strong nature but I found him soft and we had a very close relationshi. Towards the end of his life he was blind and I used to read to him each day. All I know about his early days was that he used to play cricket around Warragul.His trade was a butcher from Woodbyrn Via Yea, Victoria. Very strong and authorative personality.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: May 1900 - June 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal under Cape Colony including relief of Philipstown (11 February 1901), capture of Boer guns at Read's Drift (23 February), and capture of Boer patrol near Doornkloof (1 March 1901). May seen garrison duty in Rhodesia.

Service and life after the Boer War: He married Edith Douglas on the 29/7/1903. He tried to enlist for WW1 but was told he was to old. He died in Melbourne. At the time of his death he was living in Pasco Vale with his daughter Myra.' (Extract from "That Ragged Mob pg 558 by Robin Droogleever).

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Denise Turner, Pasco Vale VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter


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