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Richard Johnston Cook, D.S.M.
b. 21.2.1913
d. 11.4.1990

m. (1) Kathleen Mary Kenny, 30.3.1934
four daughters
Eileen, Kathleen, Elizabeth, Veronica

m. (2) Mary Jane Palmer (n. Wilson) 1956
m. (3) Muriel Cook (n. Mellors) May  1983

"Dad was a Trinity House boy from the age of 11, I think. I know he went to sea just after his 16th birthday and sailed to South America on a tramp ship. He didn't come home for two years. He sailed mainly from Cardiff, I believe.  During the depression in the 1930s he was out of a ship but got one at the last moment and found after three days at sea that Uncle David (his older brother) was the captain. I don't know who was the more surprised! Dad did say that David was hard on him in case he was accused of favouritism."  (T(Kathleen Gooding, daughter)

Richard Johnston Cook was awarded the DSM on 3rd April 1945 for great gallantry and endurance in clearing the estuary of the Scheldt of mines during the period of October to November 1944.

"Grandad was part of a team demolishing fuel tanks, as part of the Dunkirk retreat.  They set the charges and left and the resultant bang was heard on the south coast of England.  He made it to the Channel Islands, ran across whichever one it was he was on, and got a boat out on the north side as the Germans were coming in on the south side  The fuel dumps were at St. Malo and, checking the internet, I see it was on 24th June 1940."  (Mark Gooding, grandson)

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