Linked by the Lost Bible, Members of the Hodgson and Cook Families Meet
On 8-10 October 2010, two relatives of Richard L. Cook and 15 relatives of Herbert Hodgson met for the first time and toured the First World War battlefields and cemeteries. On 8 October, the 93rd anniversary of his death, a televised ceremony was held at the grave of Richard L. Cook at the cemetery in Etaples in France.
For the short movie Two Men and Two Battles near Messines click HERE
Meeting at the grave of Richard L. Cook on 8 October 2010, with the Bible he lost in 1917, which was found by Herbert Hodgson in 1918
Left to right: Bernard Hodgson (son of Herbert Hodgson), Devon Jenkins (great-great-neice of Richard L. Cook), Ivor Hodgson (son of Herbert Hodgson), Richard J. Cook (great-nephew of Richard J. Cook).
See Herbert Hodgson's account of how the Bible was found in the trenches in Impressions of War.
Grave of Richard L. Cook with the Bible he lost near Messines in 1917
Bernard Hodgson being interviewed at Etaples Military Cemetery by Derek Johnson of ITV Meridian
The London Cemetery at High Wood in the Somme
Herbert Hodgson's battalion captured High Wood at great human cost in September 1916. Photograph by Michael Hodgson.
See the first-hand account of the Battle of the Somme by Herbert Hodgson in Impressions of War.
Ivor Hodgson, Bernard Hodgson, Richard J. Cook and the Bible
They are standing in front of the place near Messines in Belgium where the Bible was lost in June 1917 and found in April 1918
Richard J. and Robin Cook at the New Zealand Memorial at Gravenstafel in Belgium
Richard L. Cook was fatally wounded on 4 October 1917, somewhere near this memorial that commemorates that battle.