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Christopher Arthur Gresham Cooke Midshipman


Christopher was born on 16th June 1899 to Doctor Arthur Cooke and Lucy Collyer and lived at 69 Bridge Street (see photo), Cambridge along with his younger sister, parents, family members and four servants at the time of the 1901 census.



He was in attendance as a pupil at St Peter’s Court, Broadstairs during the 1911 census and later at Royal Naval Colleges Osborne and Dartmouth.


TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT - May 1912 - Aug 1914

HMS ABOUKIR - Aug 1914 - 22/09/1914, sunk by German Submarine U9 after it was torpedoed

HMS VANGUARD - 25/10/1914 - 09/07/1917, serving during the Battle of Jutland. His Commanding Officer wrote: He was such an exceptionally brilliant young officer and I know Captain Dick had a very high opinion of him - so much so that he especially selected him for his personal staff in action.


It is uncertain where his Star, Victory and British war medals were issued to. He is remembered locally on the Blakeney War Memorial along with shipmate Vincent Bullen as well as nationally on the Chatham Naval Memorial. A ship mate, Robert Balding, is also mentioned on the Blakeney memorial, after he was killed on HMS Aboukir, on which Christopher survived.



Christopher's signature

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Sources:


England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 Free BMD

1901 & 1911 England Census

UK, Royal Naval Officers' Service Records Index, 1756-1931

Navy Lists, 1888-1970 Peter Singlehurst; Year: 1916

De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919

CWGC Register

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 89

Photo courtesy of De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, Google Maps and Roll of Honour.com



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