The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Cook
First Name:
Joseph
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16306
Classification:
Batman/Runner to Lt Green.
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
1.09.1941
Discharged:
17.06.1946
DOB:
9.05.1904
Place of Birth:
Hartlepool, Durham, England
Father's Name:
Robert Moon Cook
Mothers's Name:
Hannah Marshall Cook
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Prospector and Baker
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi, X10 Party, Kranji Hospital Woodlands
POW#:
1/7348
Return Details 1945:
Singapore‐Labuan by aircraft (evacuated to 2/6th Australian General Hospital), Evacuated to 2/2nd H.M. Australian Hospital Ship Wanganella for Morotai 15/9/1945, Morotai (evacuated to 2/9th Australian General Hospital) 19.9.1945, Morotai-Sydney, 2/2nd H.M. Australian General Hospital Ship Wanganella, Sydney-Melbourne by train, evacuated to 115 (H)MH; Melbourne-Perth by train, evacuated to 110 (P)MH.

General Description

Joseph Cook was Lt. Green’s Batman/runner.

X10 Party – working with Jim Duncan on Tank Trap.

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Without anaesthetic Joseph had a parotid tumour removed at AGH Changi.  The tumuor and gland were both removed. Photographs taken of him in Darwin in 1941 show the lump on the side of his neck had begun to form.  He suffered after-affects all his life.

He was recovered Changi 13/9/1945 ( Woodlands) Kranji Hospital.  Joseph Cooper injured his back and legs which were paralysed for 2-3 months prior to his release.  He was evacuated out very unwell, arriving at Sydney, Australia on 13 October 1945. He was  evacuated to firstly 115 (H) MH then to Perth, 110 (P) MH.

 

 

Joseph Cook was from a large family of 9 children.  He migrated from London to Fremantle without his family on ‘Berrima’ in September 1926, aged 22 years.   His recorded occupation was Baker.

Joseph married Dora Grace Stoner in Perth 1938.  Dora was also English born.

After the war Joseph and Dora returned to England for some months to visit family before returning to WA.  They had contemplated living in England however decided there were more opportunities to be had in Australia.

He and Dora owned and operated a cake/pastry shop in Armadale until the 1960’s when they retired.  The business required long working hours and with Joseph’s health proved to be demanding.  They made the decision to sell their business and moved to Bentley.   Joseph found less demanding work as a yardman and detailing vehicles at Sydney Atkinson Motors in Perth.

The couple had 3 children.

Grandson Brendan Cook claims his Grandad made the best pasties ever!

Joseph died 16 September 1991 aged 86 years and his wife Dora died earlier 30 March 1983 aged 71 years.

Camp Locations:

  • Kranji Camp Woodlands - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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