Company Sergeant Major Alec Cook
Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
30 Aug 1918
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Company Sgt Major Alec Cook, 9119, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action at Albert in France on August 20th, 1918, an action in which he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
The medal was eventually collected by his younger sister Elsie, of 57 Frederic Street, Luton. Lieut-Col Tighe made the presentation at Biscot Camp on January 26th, 1919.
The citation read: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Throughout operations lasting for many days, the Warrant Officer showed a coolness of demeanour and an accuracy of arrangement that had a most steadying effect on all near him.
“He was of great assistance to his company officer in organising defences, and in a retirement when he was covering a withdrawal under heavy enemy fire, his dispositions were admirably adapted to he object in view.
“His arrangements for the supply of ammunition to the firing line were excellent, and his control of his men until he became a casualty was characterised by calm courage and precise judgement.”
Totternhoe-born Alec was a son of Joseph and Susannah Cook. The Luton Absent Voters' list gave his address in 1918 as 25 Edward Street, although his rank was given as corporal.
Alec is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour/War Memorial and in the Book of Life compiled at Luton Parish Church.