Ernest Cook

Rank:                         Private

Service No:                CH/9181

Date of Death:           06/02/1915

Age:                           37

Regiment/Service:     Royal Marine Light Infantry

Cemetery:                  Sheerness Cemetery, Isle of Sheppey, Kent.


Ernest was born on 12th December 1877 in Derby. He enlisted in the Navy on 19th August 1896, as a member of the Royal Marine Light Infantry.

At the time of the 1901 Census, he was based at Malta as a member of the crew of HMS Renown. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was based in China and the East Indies as one of 63 Royal Marine Light Infantrymen who were on board HMS Berwick. His marital status is recorded as ‘widower’. Sometime between April 1911 and the outbreak of war in 1914, he retired from the service as subsequent naval records indicate he was in receipt of a pension.

At the time of his death, he was serving in H.M.S. Wildfire, a shore establishment at Sheerness. It would appear that Ernest was killed through being knocked down in Sheerness Dockyard by an engine engaged in shunting.

The March 1915 edition of the St Luke’s Finchley Monthly Magazine notes his death, saying that he was ‘killed by accident in Sheerness dockyard. He was called out with the reservists in August and lived with a married sister in 9, Lichfield Grove’. His sister was Mrs Rose Adelaide Munday, to whom he left his estate which was worth just £48.