14 March 1917 Pte Willie Cook4258 Pte Willie Cook, 2/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (W Riding) Regiment.

Born in Padiham, Lancashire in 1881, Willie later resided in Burnley (Campbell Street) and then in Earby (White Lion Street). Willie was a weaver at Shuttleworth and Co's Victoria shed in Earby prior to enlistment. Enlisting in late 1915 into the 2/6th Duke of Wellington's, he served in France from October 1916 but he was struck down with severe frostbite in March 1917. Evacuated to a coastal hospital at Wimereux, Willie died on 14 March 1917. He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery.

14 March 1917 killed on this day.

Research by David O'Mara

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