Cook, Norman

Cook, Norman         1917 July 27th          Larkhill

Young Soldier Killed by a Bomb

The Coroner for South Wilts (Mr F H Trethowan) held an inquest on Saturday at Fargo Military Hospital touching the death of Corpl. Norman A Cook, of the AIF, stationed at Larkhill, whose home was in Victoria, and 25 years of age.

Sergt. Bingwood said that on Friday he was at certain experimental grounds when a tactical scheme was in progress. He was standing about five feet from Cook when there were shouts for a doctor. He had heard no report but on examination it was found that Cook’s right buttock was severely injured, as he thought, by something exploding in Cook’s pocket. While waiting there was an explosion under his own boot which blew off the heel. He did not think the charges used in the bombs the men were using could have caused the injuries. Men were not allowed to carry bombs except those issued to them.

Capt. Richmonds, RAMC, medical officer, stationed at Fargo Military Hospital, stated that Cook died on Saturday at 2.30 from shock caused by the injuries.

A verdict of accidental death die to explosion was returned.

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