Oldest man dies
Tuesday 30 September 1997
Mr Cook was born at the outbreak of the Boer War when Gladstone was prime minister on 17 June 1889. On his 108th birthday in June this year he was officially entered in the Guinness Book of Records as Britain's oldest man.
But his joy was short-lived when just a month later David Henderson, of Laurencekirk in Angus, announced that he was two weeks older - and after some deliberations Mr Cook was re-crowned the oldest man in England.
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