They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
COOK, John Frederick, Lt, RCNVR, MPK - 07 Sep 1942, HMCS RACCOON - Son of Charles James Cook and Mabel G. Cook, of Westmount, Quebec.
Lt Cook died when his ship, HMCS RACCOON, which was on convoy escort in the St. Lawrence River off the Gaspé Peninsula, was hit and sunk by two torpedoes from U165. All 37 hands were lost.
Lt John Cook, 26, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. A. Cook of 2 Grenville Ave., Westmount. He was educated at Roslyn and Westmount High Schools and at Sir George Williams College before taking a special course with the International Accountants Society of the United States. Employed for a time with the firm Hyde & Davis, chartered accountants, Lieut. Cook entered the employ of Cook & Leach, building contractors, in which his father is one of the partners. He enlisted in the R.C.N.V.R. early in 1940 and proceeded to the east coast training college on January 15, 1941. Commissioned as a sub lieutenant the following April he was posted to active service and last March received his promotion to the rank of full Lieutenant. Lieut. Cook left a sister Dorothy and a brother, Charles both residing at home.
Ships served in:
MONTREAL DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 09 Dec 1940. Commenced Active Service 01 Jan 1941
HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA 15 Jan 1941 for travel time
HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA 16 Jan 1941 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR for Training and Disposal
HMCS COMOX - Appointed to COMOX 28 Apr 1941 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR
HMCS STANDARD COASTER - Appointed to STANDARD COASTER 10 Jun 1941 as a SLt, RCNVR
HMCS RACCOON - Appointed to RACCOON 23 Jul 1941 as a SLt, RCNVR
* Appointed Lt 10 Mar 1942
* Appointed Executive Officer HMCS RACCOON 25 Apr 1942
(JC01) Record of Service
(JC02) Appointment Certificate to HMCS COMOX
(JC03-JC05) Telegram and letters to Lt Cook's father