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George Scott Cook

Servicenumber : 39171
Rank : Private
Regiment : Otago Regiment New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit : 1st Battalion
Date of Death : 12-10-1917
Age : 27
Grave : Plot XXXVI. Row F. Grave 10.
George Scott Cook was a son of David and Elizabeth Cook, of Hilderthorpe, Oamaru, New Zealand. He was born in hospital on 31st March 1890. He was a native of Balclutha, New Zealand. George Cook had 4 brothers: John, James, Malcolm and David. John was also killed and James and Malcolm were wounded, all in 1917. John's body was never identified and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. David was passed fit to serve but does not seem to have done so.
Before the war Cook worked on a farm. He enlisted in 1916. On 16 February 1917 he left Wellington, New Zealand aboard a ship to Plymouth. He was hit in the chest by German machine gun fire and died of his wounds in the Battle of Passchendaele.
Scott was reburied in Tyne Cot Cemetery on 24 June 1920.
 Picture: 01-07-2017
 
Sources: Website CWGC, website https://georgescottcook.jouwweb.nl,website http://www.aucklandmuseum.com and website https://www.nzwargraves.org.nz

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