Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This photo was taken of George prior to his embarkment for service in World War 1.
The following information was found on the 1st World War Embarkation Roll Introduction:-
George's War Service No. was 53349 and his rank was Private.
George's Roll Title was indicated as 1 to 8 (Qld) Reinforcements (May - November 1918).
George embarked on 8th May, 1918 from Sydney, Australia on the ship, RMS Osterley.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
George holding Winifred, Roy sitting.
The engine that Roy is holding was made by his father, William Joseph Cook.
The backdrop in the photo was painted by their father, William Joseph Cook.
George William Cook lived in this house in Cairns with his father, William Joseph Cook, his mother, Eleanor(nee Bashford)Cook, his brother Francis Roy Cook (known as Roy) and his baby sister Winifred Ina Cook.
The family is pictured on the front verandah.
Roy on the landing, George on the steps.
According to information supplied by Winifred Cook, the house was in Bunda Street, Cairns. At the time of the photo, it was the only house in the street. Some years after the Cook family left Cairns, the house was destroyed by a tropical cyclone.
Winifred said the house was made entirely of Silky Oak right down to the toilet seat.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
George William Cook was born in Brisbane, Australia on 17 August 1898. Father: William Joseph Cook. Mother: Eleanor Bashford.
Back standing: (L to R) Phil Bashford(Eleanor’s brother), Lillian Cook, Harry Cook, Eleanor Cook(nee Bashford), William Cook, Tom Cook, Annie Cook
2nd Row: Esther Cook, Fanny Cook, Roy Cook
Sitting: Jane Skinner(George’s great grandmother) nursing Daisy Cook, Mary Ann Skinner(George’s grandmother) nursing George William Cook, Frances Cook
Sitting: Alexander and George Gordon Cook