|1271 Sjt. H. Cook, Somerset Light Infantry.
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps; Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith.
Wounded in action Groblers Kloof 21 February 1900 & invalided.
With seven photocopy pages of service documents and discharge papers, Chelsea
Hospital disability pensions details and a photocopy of the medal roll page.
Harry Cook enlisted at Dorchester 28 October 1885 aged 19 years 6 months. Born
Sturton Caundle, Dorset. Occupation labourer. Claimed benefit of Queen’s pardon 27
October 1887, having confessed to fraudulent enlistment. Forfeited all previous
service but this was restored in April 1890. Re-engaged to complete 21 years service
18 December 1894. Convicted by court martial for an unspecified offence 9
February 1895 and reduced to corporal and forfeited first good conduct pay.
Sustained a gunshot wound to the right arm at Groblers Kloof 21 February 1900.
Wound considered a permanent disability preventing him form earning a full
livelihood by 75%.
Discharged medically unfit for further service at Devonport 31 January 1901.
Character very good. “A steady sober and intelligent man”.
Also entitled to IGS 1854 with clasp Burma 1885-87. Served in 2nd Battalion.