Born at Epworth in October 1893, Herbert was the son of William and Ann Cook. Both his mother and father had died by the time he married Lily Richardson in Thorne in July 1913. Lily’s father was a stationary engine driver for the British Moss Litter Company at Creyke’s Siding, Rawcliffe Bridge, and in 1911 Herbert worked with him for the Company. Following the marriage the couple lived in Crowle.
Herbert enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment at Epworth in March 1915. He arrived in France on 22nd June 1915, but was back in Crowle in September for recuperation having suffered a gunshot wound in his arm in early August. This was the second time he had been wounded in his short time at the front, the first was a wound to his head.
Herbert was back with the 8th Lincoln’s in early 1916 when they in the trenches near Armentieres. With the front lines not much more than 50 yards apart in places, the area was extremely active with the unit receiving almost daily casualties. On 16th March Herbert Cook was one of these casualties, shot by a German sniper, possibly whilst repelling a trench raid and died later that day. Herbert was buried the following day in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres.
Herbert was remembered at a Memorial Service in the Wesley Memorial Church in Epworth. He is also commorated on the family headstone in Epworth Cemetery and on Epworth War Memorial. His family also placed a Memoriam in the Epworth Bells:
How hard it is to part from those
We hold on earth so dear;
The heart no greater trial knows,
No sorrow more severe.