Derek Cook


Derek Sydney Herbert Cook was the son of Frederick E W Cook, brick layer and Ellen Canham who had married in Henstead Quarter 1 1914

Derek Sydney Herbert Cook was born Quarter 3 1921 in Depwade District (Hapton?)

Frederick & Ellen were living on The Street Hapton in 1939. There is no indication of where Derek was at this time.

Derek enlisted with the 4th Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment (date?)

Derek sailed to Singapore (date?) and was captured by the Japanese in 1941 during the fall of Singapore.

As a POW (Prisoner of War), on 21st September 1944, Derek was on board the Japanese cargo ship the Hofuku Maru on the way from Singapore to Miri, Borneo. When, 80 miles north of Corrigidor, the Hofuku Maru was sunk by aircraft from an American Aircraft carrier. Derek was one of 1047 POW’s who lost their lives that day.

Derek is remembered on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Column 50.

The gravestone of Frederick, Ellen & Derek Cook can be found in the graveyard of St Margaret’s church Hapton