Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Alan Welldon Cooke

House and time at Malvern: -, 1912 - 1914.

Regiment: Durham Light Inf.
Died: 25 March 1918 aged 31 in France. Killed in action near Monchy.
Battle: German Spring Offensive. Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial Panel 98

Born: 15th Oct 1886. Father: Rev Alfred Hands Cooke.
Address: Aldenham School, Elstree and Clydesdale, Priory Rd, Malvern.
He was a Science Master at Malvern.

22nd Bn. Durham Light Infantry.
Left W Beach, Cape Helles, Gallipoli on August 7th 1915, and was in hospital in Alexandria from August 10th to November 1st suffering from a gunshot wound in the foot, followed by gastritis, and general debility.

The battalion entrained at Poperinghe near Ypres on the 22nd March 1918 for the Somme.
At 6.45pm on the 24th March they were 500 yards west of Potte Wood and across the Pertain-Morchain road.
At 9am on the 25th March, the enemy attacked in strength and it was found necessary to withdraw owing to own flanks being isolated, and a line was taken on the NE of Pertain which after being held for about an hour, again with flanks in the air, it was decided to retire on to Omiecourt. The position was taken up about 12 noon and held until orders were issued for the Bn to withdraw at 4pm to Chaulnes Rioge NE of Chaulnes.
Estimated casualties: 14 officers and 400 Other Ranks.

Killed in action near Monchy in France.

Service Record:WO 339/2039
Medal Card: WO 372/4/245708
Unit War Diary 22 Battalion Durham Light Infantry:WO 95/1702/1