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Mostyn Eden COOKSON

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Surname: COOKSON

Forename(s): Mostyn Eden

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: Major

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Sussex Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 1st Division

Age: 46

Date of Death: 1914-09-14

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: ---

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GARGRAVE, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON – ERMYSTED’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Mostyn Eden Cookson (born 1 January 1868) was the son of William and Eleanor Anne Cookson, née Wilson. William was born at Chatham, Kent and Eleanor at Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire.

1871 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: Newmarket Street - Mostyn E. Cookson, aged 3 years, born Skipton, son of William and Eleanor Anne Cookson.

1881 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 19, Newmarket Street - M.E. Cookson, aged 13 years, born Skipton, son of Wiiliam Cookson (married).

1901 Preston, Lancashire Census: Fulwood Barracks, 1st Bn Royal Sussex Regiment - Lieutenant Mostyn E, Cookson, aged 23 years, born Skipton-in-Craven, Yorkshire.

Mostyn was married to Josephine Emily Pinder in 1904.

1911 Kildare, Co. Kildare Ireland Census: Curragh Military Camp - Mostyn Eden Cookson, aged 43 years, born England, husband of Josephine Emily Cookson, born British Columbia. Major, Royal Sussex Regiment.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Maj M.E. Cookson, 2nd Batt Royal Sussex Regiment. Disembarkation: 12 August 1914. Corespondence: Mrs. Reginald Henning (formerly Cookson) applies for 1914 Star in respect of her late husband. Address 1: The Ladies Automobile Club, Claridge's Hotel, Brook Street, W. Address 2: Bush House, Dorchester, Dorset. [Josephine later applied for the 1914 Star Clasp.]

Short biographies of Mostyn are included in:
‘A Grammar School at War - The Story of Ermysted’s Grammar School during the Great War’ by Steven Howarth (2007).
‘From Mills to Marching and Back Again - A History of Gargrave from 1900 to 1925’ by Sue Lyall and Donavon Slaven with contributions from George Ingle, Ray Jones and Martin Thompson (2019).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

COKSON, Maj. M.D., Royal Essex Regt., aged 46, killed in action Sept. 14, 1914.

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Major Mostyn Eden COOKSON

Major Mostyn Eden COOKSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Sussex Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Sussex Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Division

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Surname: COOKSON

Forename(s): Mostyn Eden

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Rank: Major

Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment

Battalion: Battalion not shown

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Died Date: 14/09/14

Died How: Killed in action

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Surname: COOKSON

Forename(s): Mostyn Eden

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Major

Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 46

Awards:

Died Date: 14/09/1914

Additional Information: Son of the late Major William Cookson; husband of Josephine Cookson.

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DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 - Part Two

COOKSON, MOSTYN EDEN, Major, 2nd Battn. (107th Foot) The Royal Sussex Regt., s. of the late Major William Cookson, 80th Foot; b. Skipton-in-Craven, co. York, 1 Jan. 1868; gazetted 2nd Lieut. Royal Sussex Regt. 5 Feb. 1887; promoted Lieut. 6 Aug. 1890, Capt. 29 May, 1895, and Major 24 Sept, 1904; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action at the Battle of the Aisne 14 Sept. 1914. He m. Josephine, dau. of W.G. Pinder; s.p.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1915

COOKSON Mostyn Eden of Inkerman Barracks Woking Surrey major H.M. Royal Sussex Regiment died 14 September 1914 in France having been killed in action Probate London 12 January to Josephine Emily Cookson widow Effects £2984 12s. 11d.

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25 September 1914

COOKSON – Killed in action in France, on Sept. 14, aged 46 years. Major Mostyn Eden Cookson, Royal Sussex Regiment, husband of Josephine Cookson, and son of the late Major Cookson, 80th Regiment, of Gargrave, Yorkshire.

25 September 1914

SKIPTON OFFICER KILLED – MAJOR M. E. COOKSON

The casualty list, published on Friday night by the War Office, included the name of Major M. E. Cookson of the Royal Sussex Regiment, who was amongst the missing.

Major Cookson is a son of the late Major Cookson of Skipton, who for many years was adjutant of the 3rd Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment in the early days of the movement. The Cookson family is well known in this district, the youngest sister of the missing Major being the late Lady Holden, who previous to her marriage resided with her sister at Gargrave.

Major Cookson-familiarly known to many Skiptonians as Mostyn Cookson-received the early part of his education at the Skipton Grammar School, and it was hoped that it might prove that he had only become detached from his regiment. On Wednesday morning, however, the official intimation was given that Major Cookson was amongst the officers killed in action on September 14th. He is 46 years of age and married.

04 August 1916

SKIPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL – The Roll of Honour

At their day of all days did they think with pride and love of those who – some of those so recently in their midst playing their games, sharing their work, living their life, learning their ideals – had carried these ideals on to the field of battle to fight for King and Country as once they fought for their school. It was impossible to give them a full list of all old boys who had joined the Colours, but they owed it to the memory of these heroes of the Skipton Grammar School who had so willingly given their lives to the Empire to do public honour and reverence to their names.

The following old boys and masters had died on active service:–

Lieut. C. W. Brown, Sergt. J. Cockerill, Second-Lieut. H. Colley, Major M. T. Cookson, Lieut. H. Knowles, Second-Lieut. J. C. McIntyre, Lieut. E.J.C. Supple, Pte. F. Thornton, Second-Lieut. Ian Wilson

Let their example, and the example of all their sons who had so freely responded to their country’s call, be the dominant thought in this their day of thanksgiving. God give them grace to keep the tradition that they had made for them.

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25 September 1914

MAJOR COOKSON MISSING

The casualty list published on Friday night by the War Office includes the name of Major M.E. Cookson, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, who is amongst the missing. Major Cookson is a son of the late Major Cookson of Skipton, who for many years had charge of the Volunteers in that part of Craven in the early days of the movement. The Cookson family is well known in West Yorkshire, the youngest sister of the missing Major being the late Lady Holden, who previous to her marriage resided with her sister at Gargrave. Major Cookson – familiarly known to many Skiptonians as Mostyn Cookson – received the early part of his education at the Skipton Grammar School, and it is to be hoped that it may prove that he has only become detached from his regiment, and that he will ultimately turn up safe and sound. He is about 46 years of age and is married.

24 December 1915

CRAVEN’S ROLL OF HONOUR – SKIPTON

Major M.E. Cookson, of the Royal Essex Regiment, 46 years of age, killed in action on September 11th 1914. Son of Major Cookson, of Skipton, for many years adjutant of the 3rd Duke of Wellington’s Volunteer Battalion. An old Skipton Grammar School boy.

14 December 1917

FOUNDER’S DAY AT SKIPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL

A Fifteenth Century Foundation – War Memorial Proposed

COMMEMORATION SERVICE

Wednesday’s proceedings were opened with a service in commemoration not only of the founders and benefactors of the school but also of the gallant men who formerly passed through the school and who had given their lives for their country in the present war. The service was conducted by the headmaster (Rev. F.G. Forder) in the big school and there was a good attendance of old boys and others interested in the school. The names of the fallen heroes are as follows:– 2nd Lieut. T.B. Bellamy, Captain C.D. Bennett, 2nd Lieut. T.D. Broughton, Captain C.W. Brown, Gunner Philip Brown, Corporal H.S. Caw, Sergt. J. Cockerill, 2nd Lieut. H. Colley (master), Major M.E. Cookson, 2nd Lieut. E.G. Goodman, 2nd Lieut. F.H. Gill, Private W. Hartley, Rifleman W.M. Jowett, Lieut. H. Knowles, 2nd Lieut. C.H. Lee (master), 2nd Lieut. J.C. McIntyre, Captain J.B. McKay, Lance-Corporal A.J. Metcalfe, J.H. [E.] Metcalfe, Private E. Platt, Private C.T.W. Rigby, 2nd Lieut. W.A. Rodwell, Sergt. A.F. Ryder, Lieut. E.J.C. Supple (master), Private F. Thornton, Rifleman H. Tindall, Sergt. H. Walker, Gunner Herbert Watson, 2nd Lieut. Alec Wilson, Private Cameron Wilson, 2nd Lieut. Ian Wilson.

Among the old boys who have gained distinctions are the following:– Military Cross, Second-Lieutenant J.G. Berry, Second-Lieutenant J.B. Hartley, Captain J.T. Hurst, Lieut. P. Jowett, Lieut. J. Petty, and Capt. T.B. Pollard (master); Distinguished Conduct Medal, Corpl. W.A. Murgatroyd; Mentioned in Despatches, Lieut. J. Pethybridge, Capt. Allan Wilson, and many others.

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