John Doughty Cookson

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Cookson, Private (Company Sergeant-Major) John Doughty no. 1854

2nd Battalion 4th Reinforcements, formerly no.589 1st Battalion Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit) G Company, later no.59949 56th Battalion

DCM c/-F. Barry/Storekeeper, Railway Camp, Enfield Park, Enfield.

Able Seaman/Labourer.

Enlisted 11/8/1914, aged 25.


Church of England.

Next of kin, mother, Mrs Cookson, Midland Cottage, Rose Green Road, St Georges, Bristol, England.

Embarked from Sydney 19/8/1914 per HMAT A35 Berrima.

Re-enlisted 8/3/1915 aged 26.

DCM awarded for work at Fromelles.

Discharged 3/9/1919.

Australian War Memorial record available at: [accessed 18/11/2016].

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002