Riders Branch 876 of the Royal British Legion pay their respects to Ely soldier Private John Cook 100 years on from his death

The Riders branch of the Royal British Legion wheeled into Ely last weekend to pay their respects to

The Riders branch of the Royal British Legion wheeled into Ely last weekend to pay their respects to a soldier who died during the first World War. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

A branch of the Royal British Legion wheeled into Ely last weekend to pay their respects to a soldier who died during the first World War.

The Riders Branch 876 visited Ely cemetery on July 21 for a service to honour Private John Cook of the 1st Battalion the Cambridgeshire Regiment, who died 100 years ago.

The mayor, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Colonel Elsden was also in attendance, alongside Colonel Denson and local army cadets.

Private Cook was born in Brixton before moving to Cambridgeshire and enlisting in Ely.

He died in the city on July 21, 1917, aged 21.


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The branch is currently travelling around the world on a seven-year project, honouring the 876 soldiers from the county who died during World War One.

“We are brought together by our enthusiasm for motorcycling and our support of the aims of the Royal British Legion,” said a spokesman.

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