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VC736   Thomas Cooke

BORN   5 July 1881

DIED   25 July 1916   AGE   35

VC Won   24-25 July 1916   AGE   35

Place VC Won   Pozieres, Somme, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

Name   Thomas Cooke   No.   3055   POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   736   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Regiment 8th (Victoria) Battalion, AIF



Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Private

Place Of Birth   Kaikoura, Marlborough, New Zealand

Place Of Death   Orchard Post, Pozieres, Somme, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Named on Australian National Memorial to the Missing at Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, 10 miles east of Amiens, Somme, France (location unknown)


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone      Plot/Grave no.   Panel 18 from left

Gazetted   9 September 1916

VC Presented   1917, Governor-General of New Zealand


P  Named on Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Named On Roll Of Honour, Panel 52, The Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Named On War Memorial, Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

Named On War Memorial, Kaikoura Anglican Church, South Island, New Zealand

Named On Victoria Cross Memorial, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand

Cooke Place, Taradale, Napier, New Zealand

Cooke Street, Canberra, ACT, Australia

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

P  Named on Water Tower, Pozieres, Somme, France

By The Way…

A New Zealander, he fought in the Australian Army

VC Held By

Queen Elizabeth II Army Memorial Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand



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Thank you to Anthony Staunton

Thank you to Tony Goddard for the photos of the Water Tower at Pozieres