COOK, Mark Bonshire (1891-1949)

Mark was born in 1891 at Eltham, the third son of Charles and Ellen Cook. The family lived in Yarra Glen where his mother (Ellen Fletcher) had spent most of her life.

Mark (known as Bon) was a fruiterer when he enlisted in 1915. He embarked from Melbourne on 25 February on the Star of Victoria as a private with the 8th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron. On the 16 May 1915 he was sent to Gallipoli where he contracted enteritis in September and was evacuated to Malta and then transferred to hospital in England.  He returned to military duties with the 8th Light Horse in June 1916. In August 1917 he was appointed 2nd Lieutenant and Transport Officer with the Australian Mounted Division Train and in December 1917 was promoted to Lieutenant. He returned to Australia in July 1919.