Frederick George Cook
Serial No. 41
1st Railway Section
Frederick George Cook - Information
Frederick was born in Picton c1893. When the war began, Frederick was living with his family at Glenthorpe on Turner Ave in Haberfield, Sydney. Here, Frederick found employment as a locomotive fireman. When he was 23, he joined the colours, signing up in Sydney on the 22nd of December 1916. He joined the 1st Railway Section, and was later promoted 2nd Corporal on the 16th of January 1917. He then boarded the HMAT Wiltshire in Sydney on the 7th of February 1917 for war service.
Frederick landed in Devonport in mid April, and was marched into Bordon to the 1st Railway Section. The following month, he was shipped to France to join the 60th Australian Railway Operating Company. Frederick and his unit ensured the transportation of troops and war material across France and Belgium. Rail lines and junctions were necessary to conduct the war, becoming primary targets to conquer or destroy. In May 1918, Frederick was transferred to the 60th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company. He then returned to Australia onboard the Karmala on the 1st of July 1919.