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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Cooke, John Anthony


Captain John Anthony Cooke
was born in 1879. 

He was the son of Dora Jane Cooke. 
Cooke would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1895 / 1896. 

In 1901, a Dora Cooke was a visitor to house 101, Brighton Road, Rathmines, Dublin.  In the same year, John Anthony Cooke is living alone in house 49.3, Pollbwee, Navan, Co. Meath.  His occupation is that of Bank Accountant.  By 1911, Cooke was again living with his mother and family in house 6, The Allies, Fair Gate, Co. Louth.  He is described as a Bank Cashier from Dublin City. 
Cooke served with the 9th (North Irish Horse) Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers (1917 to 1919).  He was the Acting Adjutant attaining the rank of Captain. 

The National Archives records a Medal Index Card as follows:

Royal Irish Fusilers, 2nd Lieutenant
Royal Irish Fusiliers, Captain


The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Cooke' last known address as 'being in hospital'.
He also worked in Armagh and Drogheda. 
Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Cooke returned to work eventually ending up in Head Office. 
Retirement came in 1929.  
Cooke died on 3rd October 1961.

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