Cook, Arthur Basil Kemball


He was the son of Arthur Kemball Cook (Coll., 1863-1869; Assistant Master, 1875-1911) and his wife, Lucy Frances Cook, daughter of Henry Mason Richardson, who were living at 6 The Close, Winchester at the time. He came into College from Horris Hill and was a School Prefect in his last year and stood on Dress for College XV. He won the Warden and Fellows’ Prize for English Verse, and in 1904 went up to New College, Oxford, with a Classical Scholarship, graduating in 1908 with Second Classes in Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores.

He decided on a career in architecture, working for a time in the office of Mr. William Douglas Caroe, and was awarded the Architectural Association’s medal for an essay on “Colour in Architecture”. In September 1914 he was persuaded to accept a temporary mastership at Winchester. Though his work was congenial and important – he took a division of Sixth Book – he was determined to seek military service, and in February 1915 obtained a commission in the Royal Fusiliers, reaching the front in the following October.

He fell at Ovillers on July 7th 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. It is not entirely clear what happened but it would seem that he was either the victim of machine gun fire or his trench took a direct hit from a shell. His body was never found.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Cook
  • Forenames or initials: Arthur Basil Kemball
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1898-1904
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 24th July 1885
  • Date of Death: 7th July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL: Pier and Face 8.C.A9A and 16A