As well as his position as head of the family building firm R. Cook & Sons, prime mover of the local 4th Royal Sussex Regiment Alfred Edward Cook (Uncle Ted) was also heavily involved in the Crawley & District Rifle Club.
In July 1908 the
team upheld their reputation in shooting for the national championship (low
power) trophy Bisley. Although, with two exceptions, the team are unused to
outdoor shooting, owing to being without an outdoor range, they succeeded in
taking third place, beating such clubs as the
and Beckton and only falling short by seven points from the winning team
Southfields. The shoot took place in a down pour of rain, and this, no doubt,
accounted to some extent, the winning team being, without exception, composed
of hardened veterans and men who have all been prize winners on Bisley Heath
whereas the Crawley team, with one exception, made this their first visit. Alexandra Palace
Out of a possible one hundred uncle Ted hit the target 91 times and his brother Chris hit the target 90 times
At the end of October on a Wednesday evening, in the
the solid silver Winterton Cup was presented by Earl Winterton, MP, for
competition among rifle clubs in his constituency which was won by the Crawley
Rifle Club. Amongst those present were both Ted and Chris. George Hotel
In his speech Earl Winterton congratulated the Crawley Club on the success achieved and said it was indeed gratifying to see that the movement was so well supported throughout the county by men of all classes, irrespective of party, and that the people were rapidly beginning to see that the defence of the country could not be entrusted to a few and that it was the bounden duty of all to fit themselves for defence. Those who had not time to join the Territorials Forces should consider it their duty to join a rifle club (applause). He wished the rifle club movement every success and hoped the excellent example shown by the Crawley Club might be copied by all other clubs in the division and that next year they would secure and even larger entry for the competition than they had done this year (applause).
Crawley Rifle Club Circa 1910. Standing at back far left is Uncle Chris, next to him, Uncle Ted.