William Horace Cooke

Service No 5106 Private W. H. Cook, 32nd Battalion

32nd Battalion

Born 14 June 1893 at Adelaide, SA
Son of William COOKE & Elizabeth nee SPRY, of Tungkillo, SA.
Occupation prior to enlistment  Wheelwright

Enlisted 26 April 1916 at Adelaide, SA with 27th Battalion. The Unit embarked from Adelaide per Barambaky 27 June 1916.

Transferred to 32nd Battalion 13 October 1916 at Etaples. Suffered with sickness (Orchitis, mumps) 11 December 1916. Returned to field. Gassed 15 February 1917. Suffered with sickness regularly thereafter and was transferred to hospital, returning to the field. Sprained ankle 16 September 1917.

Went on leave to UK 29 November 1917.

Sick with laryngitis 4 April 1918. Returned to field.
Killed in action in France 29 September 1918, aged 25 years
Commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial


Pictured on the Mount Pleasant Soldiers Memorial Hall Honor Board and listed at the Anglican Church and Presbyterian Church.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 – 1954) Saturday 24 June 1916 p 42 Article

A farewell social was given in the Tungkillo hall on Tuesday to Private W, H. Cooke, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cooke, who is leaving shortly for the front. Items were given by Misses K. Roper, G. Hobbs, and K. O’Brien. Speeches were made by the chairman, Mr. D. Roper, the Rev. J. H. Ashton, and Messrs. G. Lintern, F. Kain, and G. Fountain. Supper was provided. The guest received many presents from his friend.


The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 – 1954) Friday 23 March 1917 p 1 Article


Word has been received in Mannum that Pte. W. H. Cooke, of Tungkillo, is ill in hospital in England. 


The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929) Tuesday 5 November 1918 p 5 Article


Pte. William Horace Cooke, the only son of Mr and Mrs. W. Cooke, of Tungkillo, was killed in action in France on September 28. He went into camp in May, 1916, and had been twice gassed. He was born in Adelaide, educated at local school, Tungkillo, and had served at his trade as a wheelwright. Pte. Cooke was a great favourite. He was a member of the local Methodist Church.


The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929) Tuesday 5 November 1918 p 4 Family Notices


COOKE— No. 5106, Pte. William Horace Cooke, 32nd Battalion, killed in action in France, the beloved only son of William and Elizabeth Cooke, Tungkillo, aged 25 years.

The weary one is sleeping sweet;

All troubles are unknown.

No more his aching heart will beat,

For Christ has claimed His own.


The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931) Monday 10 February 1919 p 6 Article

The Mercantile Trade Protection Association reports that probate has been granted in the following estates:-… W. H. Cooke, Tungkillo, £170; …