George William Cook
Contributed by: Yvonne Parker, on 2008-11-14
|First Name||George William|
|Year of Birth||1885|
|Year of Death||1915|
|Regiment||Royal Lincolnshire Regiment|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Grantham, Lincolnshire|
George William's Story
George, my husbands Great Uncle, lost his life on the first day of the Battle of Loos.
The Battle of Loos, 25 September - 19 October 1915
8th Btn Lincolnshire Regiment
A Division of K3, the units were assembled around Tring during September 1914. The Division crossed to France 2nd-13th September 1915. It served on the Western Front with distinction throughout the war.
The Division's first experience was truly appalling. Having been in France for only a few days, lengthy forced marches brought it into the reserve for the British assault at Loos. GHQ planning left it too far behind to be a useful reinforcement on the first day, but it was sent into action on 26th September, whereupon it suffered over 3,800 casualties for very little gain.