Lieutenant John Stevens Cook

Biography of Lieutenant John Stevens Cook

John Stevens Cook was born in Closeburn, Dumfries on 21st February 1895, the youngest child of Archibald and Helen Cook. He attended Dumfries Academy before enrolling at the University of Glasgow to study medicine in session 1913-14, when he was 18 years old.

In his first year at the university he took classes in Zoology and Chemistry, and, in the summer session of 1914, Botany and Medical Physics. He was awarded a First Class certificate in James Gray’s Medical Physics class, and Second Class certificates in John Graham Kerr’s Zoology class and F.O Bower’s Botany class. In his second year, session 1914-15, he enrolled in classes in Anatomy and Physiology.

He did not take any exams in his second year because he enlisted to fight in the First World War. He began his military service in the Highland Light Infantry, and went to France as a Lance-Corporal on 11th July 1915. He moved to the Royal Engineers, before being commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Lancashire Regiment in August 1917. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1919.

John survived the war, returning to the University of Glasgow in the summer session of 1919 to continue his studies. Over the next three years he took classes in Anatomy, Physiology, Materia Medica, Pathology, Surgery, Clinical Surgery, Practice of Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Midwifery, and Public Health.

He passed all of his exams on the first try, and was awarded a First Class certificate for Professor Kennedy’s Clinical Medicine class in the 1922 summer session. He was awarded Second Class certificates in John Glaister’s Medical Jurisprudence class in summer 1921 and T.K. Monro’s Practice of Medicine class in session 1921-22.

He graduated MBChB on 16th October 1922, and began work as a medical practitioner in Glasgow.

He married Mary Jane Waugh in September 1926. He lived with his wife in and around Preston until his death on 16th August 1947.


Lieutenant John Stevens Cook
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 1st Kings Own Royal Regiment
Degree: Student
Awards: Military Cross
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University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records. Information courtesy of the family.

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