COOKE, Ellen Susan
(Service number )

Aliases Nellie
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Date 8 December 1879 Place of Birth Timaru

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Date Age
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Military Service

Served with UK Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation British Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Territorial Force Nursing Service
Date 12 August 1914
Embarked From Destination
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Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-1915 Star
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No information

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Hospital nurse


Date 10 September 1965 Age 85 years
Place of Death Kings College Hospital, London
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Ellen Susan Cooke was born on 8 December 1879 at Timaru, the youngest daughter of George and Mary Elizabeth (née Raine) Cooke. George Cooke was born in 1842 at Semer, Suffolk, his father being the rector there. His parents, however, divorced in 1863. George and Mary Elizabeth married on 7 December 1876 at St Patrick's Church, Burkes Pass. George was a sheep farmer in partnership with his brother-in-law, John Hunter Raine, probably at Sherwood Downs, until the partnership was dissolved in August 1882. George's oldest daughter was born at Waltham in September 1877, George then being of Sherwood Downs, as he was in November 1878. As of November 1884, George was of Lexden, Timaru. His sons had been born there, Surtees in March 1881 and George in July 1883.

It was in December 1884 that George Cooke, Esq, Wai-iti, having sold his property, auctioned at his residence "the Whole of his Very Superior Household Furniture, Stock, &c." This was indeed, a well furnished four-bedroom house, with dining room, kitchen, bathroom, dairy, wash-house, and servants' quarters. Stock (horses, cows, sheep) and sundries (farm implements) were also sold. The "Tongariro' left Lyttelton for London on 17 January 1885, among the second saloon passengers Mr George Cooke, Mrs Mary Cooke, Misses Alice and Nellie Cooke, and Masters Frank, C. L. and Alfred Cooke. Mary Elizabeth Cooke (Mrs George Cooke), late of Lexden, Gleniti, Timaru, died on 24 August 1888 in London. George was at the time at Upham, Southampton. George Cooke was possibly at Brook House, Upper Clapton, London, England, in August 1914 – next-of-kin for his son Surtees?

In 1891 Nellie and her sisters, Frances and Alice, were boarders at a Ladies School at Dover, Kent. When she travelled to Australia in 1932 she was the assistant matron of Kings College Hospital, London, and she was still a hospital nurse there in 1939. Ellen Susan Cooke died on 10 September 1965 at Kings College Hospital, from St Albans, Hertfordshire.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [24 January 2020]; Timaru Herald, 10 September 1877, 4 November 1878, 21 March 1881, 16 July 1883, 19 November 1884, 17 October 1888, South Canterbury Times, 21 August 1882, 6 & 22 December 1884, Star, 17 January 1885, Press, 17 January 1885 (Papers Past) [25 January 2020]; 1891 England census return ( [24 January 2020]; England Probate Indexes ( [25 January 2020]; 1939 England Register ( [24 January 2020]; UK WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 ( [24 January 2020]

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