Military Medals and Decorations
Royal Flying Corps casualty group awarded to Lieutenant Francis Richardson Cook
Item Reference: NM66630
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A Good Royal Flying Corps casualty group awarded to Lieutenant Francis Richardson Cook, 7th Battalion East Yorks attached 58 Training Squadron RFC as an Instructor who was Killed in a Flying Accident on the 22nd February 1918 in Egypt, 400 yards from the Suez Aerodrome whilst flying an Avro Mono the victim of a fatal mid-air collision comprising; 1914/15 Star, (Lieut. F.R. Cook E. York R.); 1914-1920 British War Medal and Victory Medals, (Lieut F.R. Cook); Memorial Plaque, (Francis Richardson Cook), lightly toned very fine.
Francis Richardson Cook attended Rugby School, he was Wounded at Ypres on the 28th August 1915 he went up to Trinity College Cambridge during his convalescence. He was posted to the 1st garrison Battalion East Yorks and posted to India; he twice applied for a posting to active service in Mesopotamia but was turned down as unfit due to his wounds. So he applied for the Royal Flying Corps, He was gazetted as an Observer (RFC) in February 1917 and whilst stationed at Risalpur, on the North West Frontier, saw a good deal of tribal fighting and took part in expeditions against the Waziris and Tonk. He was subsequently transferred to Egypt where he arrived in October 1917. After serving as a pilot he was employed as an instructor and it was whilst giving instruction that he was killed in a mid-air collision. Bothy aircraft came into lane unseen by the other one above the other. Lt Cook was in the higher aircraft when the lower aborted his landing and climbed straight into the higher aircraft. Both Lt Cook and his pupil, Lt F.H. Robertson, were killed. Lt Cook is buried in Suez Cemetery.
All housed in a contemporary glazed Spink frame with East Yorkshire Regt Cap badge, sold with extensive research and a copy photograph of Lt Cook in uniform.