Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

H B Cookson (1895 - 1917)

H Bernard Cookson was born in Kingswinford in 1895. He was the son of Henry Benjamin Cookson, clerk at a coal mine, and his wife, Fanny T. They lived in Dawley Brook, Kingswinford. By the time of Bernard's death his parents had moved to 'Rusholme', Hagley, Worcs.

By 1911, Bernard was living as a boarder at Bridgnorth Grammar School. He joined the 19th Battalion Royal Fusiliers as Private 6425 but was commisioned in August 1916 and transferred as Second Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Bernard was killed in action on 10th April, 1917, while his division was engaged in the First Battle of the Scarpe (the opening phase of the Battle of Arras, 1917). He is buried in Wancourt British Cemetery.

Second Lieutenant Cookson was awarded the Victory and British medals and the 1915 Star.

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