Cyril Cook was born in Easton, Hampshire, but at the age of five was brought to live on a farm in Mottingham, Kent. Educated at Eltham College, he matriculated in 1939, joined the Rifle Brigade in 1940, and was commissioned and transferred to the parachute regiment in 1943. He saw considerable service in the 6th Airborne Division in Europe and the Far East where for a period he commanded at the age of 22, a company of some 220 men of the Malay Regiment.His working life was spent mainly as the proprietor of an engineering business which he founded, until he retired to start the really serious business of writing the six volumes of the Chandlers and other works listed herein.
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