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  • Commonwealth wargrave commission headstone marking the grave of Walter Cooke  at Fricourt New Military Cemetery. 
Courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
Arnold
Walter was born in Arnold in 1892 the son of John a colliery banksman and Betsy Cooke, née Ottey of Church Lane, Arnold. His father John was born in 1868 in Arnold, his mother Betsey Ottey was born in 1868 at Barrow, Leicestershire, they were married in 1890 their marriage was recorded in the Basford registration district, they went on to have 8 children, sadly 1 died in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were, Walter b1892, Betsy Ann b1897, Samuel b1899, Arthur b1903, Ernest b1905 and Albert b1901 all were born in Arnold. In the 1911 Census the family are living at 7 Church Lane Arnold and are shown as John 43 yrs a colliery banksman, he is living with his wife Betsy 43 yrs and their children, Walter 19 yrs, single and a collier downman (ganger) Betsy Ann 14 yrs a hosiery hand, Samuel 12 yrs a scholar, Arthur 8 yrs, Ernest 5 yrs and Albert 1 year of age. Walter married his wife Kezia Bacon (born 1879) in 1908 their marriage was registered in the Basford registration district, they lived at 40 Furlong Street, Arnold, they went on to have a daughter Phyllis born 1908. Following his death his widow Kezia was awarded a pension of 17 shillings and 6 pence a week which commenced on 29th January 1917.
He was employed as a collier downman (ganger) and later worked for Allen Solly & Co on Brookfield Road, Arnold
01 Jul 1916
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542158 - CWGC Website
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Private
10th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Private Walter Cooke enlisted at Nottingham in 1915 and served with the West Yorkshire Regiment He was killed in action on the First Day of the Somme Battle on 1st July, 1916, when in action with his battalion, attacking the German lines near Fricourt He is buried at Fricourt New Military Cemetery
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  • Commonwealth wargrave commission headstone marking the grave of Walter Cooke  at Fricourt New Military Cemetery. 
Courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Walter Cooke - Commonwealth wargrave commission headstone marking the grave of Walter Cooke at Fricourt New Military Cemetery. Courtesy of Peter Gillings