19th Battalion, AIF
Date/Place of Birth: 25 April 1898 Newtown, NSW
Date/Place of Death: 10 August 1918, France
Biographical Details: James David Cook was born on 25 April 1896 at Newtown, the son of Alfred and Isabella (nee Derome) Cook. Cook served as a Lieutenant in the Senior Cadets before enlisting in the army.
Service Details: Cook enlisted about 1915 and spent two years serving as a drill instructor and machine gun instructor at Seymour with the rank of Acting Staff Sergeant Major. Cook enlisted in the AIF on 8 October 1917 with the rank of Sgt. On 15 November 1917, Cook was allocated to A Company, 1st Infantry Depot Battalion at Liverpool. Cook was allocated to the 21st Reinforcements, 19th Battalion. On 13 March 1918, Cook embarked at Melbourne aboard A71 HMAT Nestor, disembarking at Liverpool, England on 20 April 1918. On 25 April 1918, Cook marched into the 5th Training Battalion at Fovant and was sent to the war front in Fance on 1 July 1918. Two days later Cook marched into the Australian Divisional Base Depot at Havre and marched out to join the 19th Battalion in the field. Cook was taken on the battalion’s strength on 10 July 1918. At that time the 19th Battalion was engaged in the battles that pushed the German Army ever closer to defeat. On 8 August 1918, the battalion took part in the Battle of Amiens, a crucial Allied breakthrough counter-offensive, launched on the Western Front around Amiens, in the Somme sector. The effective use of infantry, artillery tanks and aircraft by the Allies led to an unprecedented advance (about 12 kilometres by early afternoon of the first day) and vast numbers of German prisoners. The German commander General Ludendorff, later described this action as the ‘black day of the German Army.” Cook was killed in action on 8 August 1918 during the first day of the Battle of Amiens.
Memorial Details: Cook is commemorated on Memorial Panel 88, 424 Crucifix Corner Villers Bretonneux, France and the Llandilo Public School Honor Roll.
National Archives of Australia Search: B2455: COOK J D