Cooke, Guy P
Guy Proudfoot Cooke
Son of David F. Cooke and Alice Cooke née Goulborn of Bushy Park Gardens, Teddington
Born 27th February 1894 at St Pancras, Middlesex
Educated at Uppingham School (for which he gained a classical scholarship) and Westminster School from 1909. An excellent musician, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music. He was also a good swimmer and member of the Otter Swimming Club. He subsequently entered for, and passed with distinction, the Preliminary Law Exam. His father was a solicitor and aged 16 he left school to enter his father’s office and was articled to him in March 1913. In the same month he enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as an Ordinary Seaman (1/2879).
Upon the outbreak of war he was called up and, as a Leading Seaman, he took part in the operations at Antwerp in October 1914. He was promoted to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant in the Nelson Battalion that winter and in the following year was part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force designed to attack the Gallipoli Peninsula. The forces landed on 25th April but struggled to get a hold on the peninsula. Guy Proudfoot Cooke was reported ‘missing’ the following morning but it seems clear that he was killed in action in this battle. His body was never recovered but his date of death was recorded as 3rd May 1915. The 1914 Star, a campaign medal for his service in France or Belgium, was issued to his father in 1919.
Listed on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey (Panel 8 to 15).
Listed on Teddington War Memorial
Listed on Hampton Hill War Memorial (St James’s Church)
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