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Cook, Eric Taylor (1884–1918)

Eric Taylor Cook, n.d. photographer unknown

Eric Taylor Cook, n.d. photographer unknown, Australian War Memorial

ERIC TAYLOR COOK was born at Baroona, Candelo, N.S.W., on 30th March, 1884, the son of Mr. Alexander John Cook and Mrs. Alethia Isobel Cook. His education was obtained at the Hurstville Public School and Rockdale College.

Eric Cook entered the service of the Bank at Wollongong, N.S.W., on 14th April, 1903, and in September of the following year was transferred to the Head Office. He was sent to Mudgee, N.S.W., in March, 1905, and at the beginning of the following year was promoted to ledger-keeper. In April, 1908, he was transferred to Moree where he remained as ledgerkeeper and afterwards securities clerk until February, 1913, when he was appointed to the Branch Securities Department of the Head Office. He was transferred to Wellington, N.S.W., as teller in February, 1916.

Enlisting in August, 1916, Eric Cook left Australia as a private (No. 6723) of the Second Battalion, A.I.F., in the following November. He was in active service until 18th September, 1918, when on leaving the front line for a rest, he and several of his comrades were killed on the Zonnebecke- Ypres Road by a German shell.

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