Company Sergeant Major Alec Cook

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

30 Aug 1918

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

25 Edward Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Dantzig Alley British Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph , 1st February 1919
CSM Alec Cook DCM

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.

CSM Alec Cook DCM

Author: Deejaya

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