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Benjamin Thomas Cook

In memory of:

Flying Officer Benjamin Thomas Cook

October 18, 1947


Calgary, Alberta

Military Service


Service Number:

19826

Age:

28

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

413 (Photographic) Squadron

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star,
Air Crew Europe Star,
Defence Medal,
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp,
War Medal 1939-45,

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Medal

Additional Information


Born:

March 17, 1919
Glenella, Manitoba

Enlistment:

November 7, 1940
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of William Jefferson and Edith (nee Adams) Cook of Neepawa, Manitoba. Husband of Gladys Mather (nee Duncan) Cook, of Penticton, British Columbia. Father of Barry and Charlene Cook. Brother of William, Stanley, Harold, Edith Cook and Dorthy M. Wood.

Commemorated on Page 2 of the In the Service of Canada (1947 - 2014) Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

OTTAWA MEMORIAL
Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 4. Column 4.

Location:

The Ottawa Memorial stands on the north-eastern point of Green Island in the City of Ottawa. Overlooking the northern branch of the Twin Falls of the Rideau River, it commands a panoramic view of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond. The Memorial commemorates those of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth who lost their lives while serving in units operating from bases in Canada, the British West Indies and the United States of America, or while training in Canada and the U.S.A., and who have no known graves. The main feature of the Ottawa Memorial is a sculptured terrestrial globe in bronze, 3 metres in diameter, on a base formed by three bronze beavers rising from the centre of an ornamental pool. The globe, of open lattice-work corresponding to the lines of latitude and longitude, on which the land masses are super imposed in low relief, is crowned by the Air Forces emblem of a bronze eagle with outspread wings. Two curved screen walls faced in limestone, bearing cast bronze panels on which the names appear, face inwards towards the globe. They are placed slightly off centre to allow a clear view through the Ottawa Memorial from the central steps on Sussex Drive and from the wide pathway. Two Air Force crest exist in the paving between the screen walls. A dedicatory inscription, in English on one screen wall and in French on the other, is incised in the stonework between the bronze name panels, which reads as follows:
1939 - 1945
In honoured memory of the men and women of the air forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who gave their lives in Canada, in the United States of America and neighbouring lands and who have no known grave.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of BENJAMIN THOMAS COOK– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Benjamin Thomas Cook
  • Photo of Benjamin Cook– Cecil Pittman travelled with the Royal Winnipeg Riffles Association
when they participated in the 40th Anniversary of the D day
tour to the Normandy beaches (Juno Beach) in 1984, the Royal
Winnipeg Riffles "pilgrimage" tour in 1989, the year the memorial
was unveiled in the little village of Audrieu and the Royal Winnipeg
Riffles 50th Anniversary tour in 1994. He also attended the unveiling
ceremonies of the Juno Beach Memorial located in Normandy,
France in June of 2003.

Mr. Pittman has researched information through the National
Archives, military histories, former veterans and from any other
materials he can locate. In 2002, he completed 104 stories for the
Manitoba Geographical Names Program (Lakes, Rivers, Islands,
etc are named after Manitoba's world War II and the Korean
Conflict casualties) Several soldier's photo from his collection
were included with these stories in the Map Branch's publication
"A Place of Honour".

(Notes taken from the Cecil Pittman's photo collection)
  • Photo of BENJAMIN THOMAS COOK– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Biography

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