George Albert Cook

This page sets out the key events of George Albert Cook’s life, with detailed references. See the bottom of the page for automatically generated links to blog posts which refer to this page.

Personal life

Born: 15 February 1893 At: Ashtead
Birth registered: 1st quarter 1893 Epsom Registration District
Married: 20 September 1919 At: Ashtead
Marriage registered: 3rd quarter 1919 Epsom Registration District
Married: Ethel H Banyer
Birth of child registered: 2nd quarter 1921 Epsom Registration District
Child: Cyril A Cook
Died: 9 February 1963 At: Ashtead
Death registered: 1st quarter 1963 Surrey Mid Eastern Registration District
Ashes interred: 13 February 1963 In: Ashtead churchyard
Aged: 69

Ringing

Learnt to ring: Ashtead, c1903 Association membership: Surrey Association Elected: c1911
Ancient Society of College Youths 1912
Peals: 76 (approx) Guildford Diocesan Guild 1927

Work

Occupation (1911): Gardener domestic
Occupation (1963): Retired gardener

War service

Service: Army Rank: Acting Corporal Enlisted: Before 4 December 1914
Regiment: East Surrey Regiment Battalion: 5th Battalion Number: Unknown Date:
Posted London Regiment 21st (Reserve) Battalion (1st Surrey Rifles) 6812 Before 8 April 1916
1/21st Battalion
(East Surrey Regiment 5th Battalion)
Continued to serve with 1/21st
210378 After 1 March 1917
Campaign medals: British War Medal and Victory Medal

Life events

Date Modifier Date Event Description/Notes Sources
Before 28 April 1888 Parents’ marriage William Cook (26) and Elizabeth Prosser (21) married at Ashtead Parish Church on 28 April 1888. The marriage was registered 2nd quarter 1888, Epsom Registration District. William’s occupation is given as bricklayer’s labourer. William’s father was John Cook, a carter, Elizabeth’s father, William, had died before the wedding, he had been a baker. FreeBMD1; FreeBMD2; SurreyParish1
Before 20 January 1890 Birth John William Cook was born on 20 January 1890 according to the baptism register. The birth was registered 1st quarter 1890, Epsom Registration District. He was baptised at Ashtead on 2 March 1890, the family were living at Rectory Lane, Ashtead. FreeBMD3; Census1901; SurreyParish2
On 15 February 1893 Birth George Albert Cook was born on 15 February 1893 according to the baptism register. The birth was registered 1st quarter 1893, Epsom Registration District. He was baptised at Ashtead on 2 April 1890, the family were living at Rectory Lane, Ashtead. However a peal rung on 23 February 1914 was stated to be “on the occasion of the 21st birthday of Mr. G. A. Cook” which casts some doubt on his date of birth. FreeBMD4; Census1901; RW1; SurreyParish3
On 31 March 1901 Census George A Cook aged 8, residing Rectory Lane with parents William (39), general labourer, and Elizabeth (34) and older brother John William (11) Census1901
In 1903? Learnt to ring Obituary states he learnt to ring at the age of ten. Obit
Before 8 September 1905 Death of brother John William Cook, aged 15, ?Lambeth Registration District? – the 1911 census indicates that one of Elizabeth’s two sons had died, and only George is listed. The registration in Lambeth seems the most likely, none has been found in Epsom RD. Death reported in Bell News which states he had been learning to ring for about 18 months, and his father had been ringing at Ashtead for over 30 years. He was buried in Ashtead churchyard on 13 September. FreeBMD5; Census1911; BN1; SurreyParish4
On 2 April 1911 Census George Albert Cook aged 18, gardener domestic, residing The Street with parents William (49), general labourer (on own account), and Eliza (43), married 23 years 2 children, 1 living 1 dead Census1911
On 28 September 1911 Peal George rang a peal, of Grandsire Triples, on the tenor with his father William on the fourth. William Henry Corbett (not clear if father or son) on the second, and conducting, probably making it more likely to have been the father. RW2
On 8 October 1911 Touch George rang a touch, of 910 Grandsire Triples, on the tenor with his father William on the seventh and conducting. For harvest festival. RW3
On 7 November 1911 Peal George rang a peal, of Grandsire Triples, on the second with his father William on the third. Hedley James Wyatt was on the treble and William Henry Corbett (not clear if father or son) on the fifth. RW4
On 13 February 1912 Peal George rang a peal, of Grandsire Triples, on the third with his father William on the tenor. This was his first peal on a working bell. William Henry Corbett (not clear if father or son) on the fifth, as he conducted the peal it is probably more likely to have been the father. RW5
In 1912 Elected to Ancient Society of College Youths At some point in 1912 George was elected member 4641 of the Ancient Society of College Youths, one of the two premier bell ringing societies. This was presumably before he rang his first peal for the society on 17 August 1912 (though his membership may not have been ratified until after the fact). ASCY; ASCY1912
On 17 August 1912 Peal George rang the tenor to a peal of Stedman Triples, William H Corbett was on the third, but it is again unclear if was father or son. ASCY1912; RW6
On 6 November 1912 Peal George again rang the tenor to a peal of Stedman Triples, William H Corbett was once more on the third, but it is again unclear if was father or son. Also in the peal was J W Russell (listed on the original roll as a Dorking ringer) – it was his first peal of Stedman. ASCY1912; RW7
On 4 December 1912 Peal George rang the seventh to a peal of Grandsire Triples, with his father on the fourth, William H Corbett was more on the sixth, but it is again unclear if was father or son, he was conducting, so the father is probably more likely. For a confirmation service in the church. Stated to be a local band peal. RW8
On 28 April 1913 Peal George Cook rang a peal, of Grandsire Triples, on the fifth, with his father William on the tenor. Hedley James Wyatt rang the treble with his father on the third. Richard Kendall was on the seventh. “Rung in honour of the silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. William Cook; also as a birthday compliment to Mrs. John Wyatt.” RW9
On 24 November 1913 Peal George rang a peal, of Grandsire Triples, on the tenor, with his father William on the seventh and conducting. Rung for the harvest festival. RW10
On 20 December 1913 Peal Another peal of Grandsire Triples, at Banstead, with George ringing the treble. Conducted by William H Corbett (probably the father) on the fourth, also ringing were Richard Kendall on the third, and Alfred Winch on the 6th. RW11
On 21 January 1914 Peal Another peal of Grandsire Triples, with George again ringing the second. This was Sydney Reddick’s first peal, on the treble. William Cook rang the tenor, and William H Corbett the fifth again. Peal rung to mark the 40th anniversary of the recasting of the bells at the Whitechapel Foundry, Arthur Hughes of the foundry rang the third. RW12
On 23 February 1914 Peal Another peal of Grandsire Triples, with George ringing the sixth. William Cook rang the third, William H Corbett the second and conducted. (Hedley) James Wyatt was on the treble and Richard Kendall on the seventh. Peal rung to mark George’s 21st birthday (and also the birthday of Hedley James Wyatt). RW1
Before 4 December 1914 Enlistment George A Cooke[sic] reported to have joined 5th (Reserve) Battalion, East Surrey Regiment (Territorial Force) and stationed at Wimbledon (also enlisted there). Sidney Readick[sic] and James B Wyatt[sic] also reported with same service details. Presumably actually fellow Ashtead ringers Sydney Reddick and Hedley James Wyatt. His service number on enlistment is not known, that of Sidney Reddick was 2837. RW13; SDGW
After 8 April 1916 Posted At some point after 8 April 1916 when the name 21st (Reserve) Battalion (1st Surrey Rifles) was adopted by the former 3/21st Battalion (1st Surrey Rifles), the London Regiment, Cook was posted to the expeditionary force. It is not known when he was posted from 5th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. At this time his number was 6812. MIC; BWM&VMRoll; LondonRegt
After 1 March 1917 Renumbered In the renumbering of the Territorial Force which took place in early 1917, Cook was given the new number 210378 MIC; BWM&VMRoll; TFRenumber
On 1 February 1918 Battalion move 1/21st was transferred from 142 Infantry Brigade to 140 Infantry Brigade, remaining in 47th (2nd London) Division. LondonRegt
On 20 September 1919 Marriage George Albert Cook and Ethel Hannah Banyer married on 20 September 1919 at Ashtead parish church. The marriage was registered in the 3rd quarter of 1919 in the Epsom Registration District. George’s occupation is given in the register as factory hand, his father’s as gardener. Ethel’s father was a carpenter. A peal was rung by the Surrey Association with ringers form a variety of towers. One is named as Company Serjeant Major A Lee, Royal Army Service Corps, never previously identified as a Surrey Association member. FreeBMD6; FreeBMD7; RW14; SurreyParish5
On 26 December 1919 Peal George rang the treble to a peal of Plain Bob Major at Epsom. Also in the peal band were Albert Harman, Alfred H Winch and George Marriner. RW15
On 31 December 1919 Peal George rang the sixth to a peal of Grandsire Triples, with his father on the fifth. Also in the peal band was Albert Harman. RW16
On 23 October 1920 Peal George rang the second to a peal of Plain Bob Major, his first inside of major. Also in the peal band were Albert Harman, Alfred H Winch and George Marriner. RW17
On 1 January 1921 Peal George rang the seventh to a peal of Oxford Bob Triples (his first inside to this method), William H Corbett was on the third (and conducting), the son was still a serving Royal Marine at this time. George’s father, William, rang the second. Frank Oakshott rang the treble. This peal marked the 47th anniversary of the opening of the bells. RW18
On 8 January 1921 Peal George rang the sixth to a peal of Stedman Triples his first peal inside in the method. His father rang the tenor. Also in the peal were George Marriner and Alfred Winch. RW19
On 16 January 1921 Peal George rang the sixth to a peal of Grandsire Triples at Epsom Common. Frank Oakshott rang the fourth, his first peal inside. Also in the peal were Jesse Beams and Alfred Winch. This peal marked the departure of the vicar of Christ Church. RW20
On 27 February 1921 Quarter peal George rang the fifth to a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples at Leatherhead. Arthur Charles Otway rang the sixth and conducted, his first quarter peal as conductor (and at the first attempt). Also in the quarter were George Marriner, William Ernest Otway and Albert Harman. RW21
On 13 March 1921 Quarter peal George rang the second to a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples at Leatherhead, with much the same band as on 27 February, although J Wyatt was also ringing (whether this was John or his son Hedley James is not quite clear). RW22
On 28 March 1921 Peal George rang the sixth to a peal of Plain Bob Major, with his father on the treble. Also in the peal were George Marriner and Alfred Winch. This peal was Winch’s 100th for the Surrey Association. RW23
On 9 April 1921 Peal George rang the treble to a peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major (his first peal in the method). The peal was conducted by Albert Harman, also in the peal was George Marriner. RW24
Before 28 May 1921 Birth of son The birth of Cyril A Cook (mother’s maiden name Banyer) was registered in the 2nd quarter of 1921 in the Epsom Registration District. The peal rung on 28 May was in celebration of the birth. FreeBMD8; RW25
On 28 May 1921 Peal George rang the fifth to a peal of Plain Bob Major, with his father on the third (his first peal inside to the method). The peal was conducted by George Marriner, his first as conductor, also in the peal were Alfred Winch and Albert Harman. The peal was to celebrate the birth of George’s son, Cyril. RW26
On 4 June 1921 Peal George rang the fourth to a peal of Stedman Triples, William H Corbett was on the third, but it is again unclear if was father or son. George’s father, William, rang the tenor. ASCY1921; RW27
On 28 October 1950 Peal George rang the second to a peal of Stedman Triples. Albert Harman (listed on the original roll as a Burstow ringer) rang the fifth and Frank Oakshott (Epsom Common) rang the fourth. ASCY1950
On 27 January 1951 Peal George rang the third to a peal of Stedman Triples at Epsom Common. Frank Oakshott (Epsom Common) again rang the fourth, and this time Albert Harman (Burstow) was on the sixth. ASCY1950
On 13 October 1953 Son emigrates Cyril Cook, watch & clock maker aged 33 of Epsom; his wife Doris (33) and daughter Jacqueline (3) depart Liverpool aboard Empress of Australia bound for Montreal, Canada. George’s obit states that his only son emigrated to British Columbia. PassList
On 9 February 1963 Death George Albert Cook died on 9 February 1963. A series of strokes over a dozen years meant that he had not rung for some time (with the exception of one try four or five years before his death). Though physically incapicitated he was still able to run through complicated pieces of ringing in his head which he said helped to keep him sane. He had been tower captain and tower keeper for many years. He was survived by his wife and son. After cremation, his ashes were interred in Ashtead churchyard on 16 February 1963. The address given in the burial register was Lavender Cottage, Crampshaw Lane, Ashtead. FreeBMD9; Obit; Apprec

Sources

FreeBMD

  1. FreeBMD1: Marriages Jun 1888 – Cook William
  2. FreeBMD2: Marriages Jun 1888 – Prosser Elizabeth
  3. FreeBMD3 Births Mar 1890 – Cook John William
  4. FreeBMD4: Births Mar 1893 – Cook George Albert
  5. FreeBMD5: Deaths Sep 1905 – Cook John William
  6. FreeBMD6: Marriages Sep 1919 – Cook George Albert
  7. FreeBMD7: Marriages Sep 1919 – Banyer Ethel H
  8. FreeBMD8: Births Jun 1921 – Cook Cyril A
  9. FreeBMD9: Deaths Mar 1963 – Cook George A

Surrey Parish Records

  1. SurreyParish1: Marriage of William Cook and Elizabeth Prosser, 28 April 1888, Ashtead. (subscription required)
  2. SurreyParish2: Baptism of John William Cook, 2 March 1890, Ashtead. (subscription required)
  3. SurreyParish3: Baptism of George Albert Cook, 2 April 1893, Ashtead. (subscription required)
  4. SurreyParish4: Burial of John William Cook, 13 September 1908, Ashtead. (subscription required)
  5. SurreyParish5: Marriage of George Albert Cook and Ethel Hannah Banyer, 20 September 1919, Ashtead. (subscription required)
  6. SurreyParish6: Burial of George Albert Cook, 20 September 1919, Ashtead. (subscription required)

Censuses

  1. Census1901: RG 13/582 Folio 16 Page 23 Schedule Number 127 – Cook household, Rectory Lane, Ashtead
  2. Census1911: RG 14/2948 RG 78/102 Registration District 31 Subdistrict 2 Enumeration District 3 Schedule Number 84 – Cook household, The Street, Ashtead

Bell News

  1. BN1: 14 September 1905, p340

The Ringing World

  1. RW1: 6 March 1914, p151
  2. RW2: 6 October 1911, p472
  3. RW3: 3 November 1911, p355
  4. RW4: 17 November 1911, p575
  5. RW5: 23 February 1912, p127
  6. RW6: 23 August 1912, p120
  7. RW7: 15 November 1912, p328
  8. RW8: 13 December 1912, p400
  9. RW9: 9 May 1913, p307
  10. RW10: 28 February 1913, p144
  11. RW11: 5 December 1913, p368
  12. RW12: 26 December 1913, p417
  13. RW13: 30 January 1914, p73
  14. RW14: 4 December 1914, p299 (or p735 in PDF version)
  15. RW15: 10 October 1919, p431 (or p572 in PDF version)
  16. RW16: 16 January 1920, p27
  17. RW17: 23 January 1920, p39
  18. RW18: 5 November 1920, p539 (or p647 in PDF version)
  19. RW19: 4 February 1921, p51
  20. RW20: 4 March 1921, p76
  21. RW21: 18 February 1921, p107
  22. RW22: 11 March 1921, p132
  23. RW23: 25 March 1921, p164
  24. RW24: 8 April 1921, p188
  25. RW25: 22 April 1921, p219
  26. RW26: 3 June 1921, p317
  27. RW27: 17 June 1921, p348
  28. Obit: February 1963, p125
  29. Apprec: 1 March 1963, p140

Military records

  1. MIC: Medal card of Cook, George A
  2. BWM&VMRoll: WO 329/1207 – East Surrey Regiment other ranks, British War Medal and Victory Medal p3632 page image here.
  3. LondonRegt: “The London Regiment” from The Long, Long Trail explains how the 1917 renumbering of the Territorial Force was applied to infantry unit.
  4. TFRenumber: This article from The Long, Long Trail explains how the 1917 renumbering of the Territorial Force was applied to infantry units.

Passenger lists

  1. PassList: Person transcript details – Cook, Cyril (fee or subscription required) from Britain: outbound passenger lists 1890-1960 on FindMyPast

Ancient Society of College Youths

  1. ASCY: “List of members, 1900-1924” from Ancient Society of College Youths website
  2. ASCY1912: ASCY 1912 peals from http://www.ascy.allton.org.uk/ – also available from the Peals page of the ASCY website by selecting the year from the dropdown.
  3. ASCY1921: ASCY 1921 peals from http://www.ascy.allton.org.uk/ – also available from the Peals page of the ASCY website by selecting the year from the dropdown.
  4. ASCY1950: ASCY 1950 peals from http://www.ascy.allton.org.uk/ – also available from the Peals page of the ASCY website by selecting the year from the dropdown.
  5. ASCY1951: ASCY 1951 peals from http://www.ascy.allton.org.uk/ – also available from the Peals page of the ASCY website by selecting the year from the dropdown.
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