COOK, Alfred Charles Armistice
Saturday, March 24, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alfred Cook died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at Wesel.
Extract from the Chelsea News and General Advertiser - Friday 13 April 1945
Marine Commando Killed On The Rhine - Sad News for Wife on Baby’s Birthday.
On the day their baby was 12 months old, Mrs Freda Cook received official notification that her husband, Marine Commando Alfred Cook, a rubber moulder employed at Lots Road, Chelsea before the war, had been killed in action on the Rhine. A few weeks ago his wife furnished a flat at Fulham Road in readiness for his return. But alas he was destined never to see it.
The couple were married two and a half years ago at St. Dionis's, Parsons Green. Marine Commando Cook, who was 22, went to Normandy on D-Day. and was wounded with shrapnel during his service there. He was among the first of the B.L.A. men to come home on leave. Only a few hours before he was killed he sent a birthday card his baby.
Cook's closest friend in his unit was also a Fulham man, Marine Commando Robert Sharp, of 311, Lewis Buildlngs, Walham Green. "I was near him when he fell and helped carry him back the dressing station."
Sharp, home on compassionate leave owing to the Illness of his father, told one of our reporters, "I got the sanction of the chaplain take his signet ring from his finger and the first thing I did when I got home was go to Mrs, Cook's home to hand It to her. Only the night before he was killed he was talking of wife and baby and saying he hoped It would not be long before he could be home with them. He was a great chap."
Chelsea News and General Advertiser via The British Newspaper Archive.
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