COOK, John Henry Royal
(Service number 74421)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 9 November 1897 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Craigie Avenue, Timaru
Occupation Postal officer
Previous Military Experience P & T Engineers - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs S. M. COOK (mother), Craigie Avenue, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 40th Reinforcements, A Company
Date 10 July 1918
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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No information

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 18 September 1979 Age 81 years
Place of Death Wellington
Memorial or Cemetery Wellington Crematorium
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Henry Royal Cook was born on 9 November 1897 at Christchurch, the first-born of John Henry and Stella Marina (née Thurgar) Cook. When John, junior, enlisted, he was a postal officer and was living with the family on Craigie Avenue, Timaru. Private J. H. R. Cook embarked for Plymouth, England, on 10 July 1918, with the 40th Reinforcements per the “Tahiti”.

Private J. H. R. Cook returned to New Zealand by the “Port Hacking” which was due at Lyttelton about 14 August 1919. In 1932 he married Edna Violet Smith. John Henry Royal Cook died on 18 September 1879 at Wellington and was cremated there.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [20 May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [20 May 2021]; Wellington Crematorium record (Wellington City Council) [20 May 2021]; Timaru Herald, 30 July 1919, 11 August 1919 (Papers Past) [26 & 27 April 2021]

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