Walter Ernest Cooke

Walter Ernest Cooke (1900 – 1953) was born in Oldcroft the son of a miner. He initially worked as a tin mill man at the Lydney tin plate works but in June 1921 he was unemployed. He then joined his step-father and brothers working at New Fancy colliery. In 1926 became a delegate from New Fancy on the FDMA Executive. He married Edith Cox in 1923 and had two children. After the 1926 lockout, he gained employment at Oldcroft colliery.

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