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COOK, Ernest Frank

Conflict Commemorated:WWII

Last Name:COOK

First Name:Ernest Frank

Age At Death:23

Birthplace:Lincolnshire

Residence:Lincolnshire

Rank:Trooper

Service Number:7927748

Regiment/ Service:Royal Tank Regt.

Unit:Royal Armoured Corps. 51st (The Leeds Rifles)

Date of Death:14/09/1944

Cause of Death:Presumed killed in action

Place of Burial/ Commemoration:GRADARA WAR CEMETERY

Country:Italy

Panel/ Bay/ Grave:II, A, 38.

UK Memorials:Hibaldstow

Next of Kin:Son of George Scarborough Cook and Eliza Cook; husband of Mary Cook.

Biographical Notes:The family lived in Grayingham and Ernest attended school there before they moved to Hibaldstow to the thatched house on Redbourne Road opposite the old school. Ernest had three sisters Gracie, Florrie and Gwen and one brother George. At the time of his call-up Ernest was working as a petrol tanker driver for BP and was based at the depot in Brigg. He was killed in action in Italy. Major Allan Powditch wrote to the family to explain what happened: ' In the second battle for the Gothic Line, when preparing to advance in further support of the infantry his tank was hit by a shot from a German Tiger Tank and the shot penetrated the armour, causing instaneous death of your son.'

Researcher:Pat Horton

Notes:Commemorated Brigg Heritage Centre / Hibaldstow Memorial Hall

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