Other names: Percy Edwin
Locations in this story: Gayton, NorfolkIwerne Minster, DorsetFrance & FlandersEast AfricaNotting Hill, LondonMortlake, London
Story: Percy Edwin Cook was born in Gayton, Norfolk, in 1894 the son of Harry Cook and Annie Cook. He lived his early life in various locations in Norfolk. By 1911 he had moved to Iwerne Minster, Dorset, working as a Footman at Iwerne Minster House. He enlisted on 7 Sep 1914 and joined the Norfolk Regiment as a Private (Service No. 14927). He served in France and Flanders with the 9th Battalion and received gunshot wounds on 8 Aug 1916 and again more serious wounds on 24 Mar 1917 when he was repatriated to the UK and admitted to the Bevan Military Hospital, Sandgate, Kent, until his recovery and return to duty. It was announce in the London Gazette on 11 May 1917 that he had been awarded the Military Medal. He was gradually promoted to the rank of Sergeant when he was posted to East Africa and seconded to the Kings African Rifles. He was discharged on 7 Jun 1919 and left Iwerne Minster to live at 51 Station Road, Cromer, Norfolk, with his parents. He had also been awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star. He died in hospital in Notting Hill, London, on 7 Oct 1927 and was buried in Mortlake Cemetery, London. He had remained single throughout his short life.