Samuel Thompson Crooks MC


Dec 15, 1887

Born at Newbridge Scotland


Aug 24, 1915

Attested into the 64th Battalion at Sydney Nova Scotia 

Ø      Number A69394 (this series of numbers later changed the A to a 4, making his number 469394)

Ø      Next of kin given as Wilhelmina Crooks (wife) of Broxburn, Linlithgowshire, Scotland

Ø      Occupation given as “Miner”

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as “Presbyterian”


Mar 31, 1916

Embarked the SS Adriatic at Halifax for England



Apr 9, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 40th Reserve Battalion at Caesar’s Camp


Jul 12, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jul 13, 1916

Embarked for France


Jul 14, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot)


Aug 5, 1916

Left for 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion


Aug 8, 1916

Joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion


Aug 11, 1916

Promoted to Corporal


Aug 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Oct 22, 1916

Proceeded to Le Touquet for Gas Course


Oct 28, 1916

Rejoined 21st Battalion from Gas Course


Jan 22, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Feb 8, 1917

At duty from leave


In July 1917, the 21st Battalion was headquartered in a convent in the town of
Bouvigny, France while the men rehearsed for the attack on Hill 70.
Next to that convent was a church and a number of men climbed into the
bell tower and carved their names on the walls there.  Below is Corporal Crooks’
name as he carved it.  Thank you to Patrice Machin for sharing that image

Sep 3, 1917

Appointed to Acting Sergeant without pay


Sep 28, 1917

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) on being transferred to England for a Commission


Sep 29, 1917

Arrived at EORD, Seaford


Oct 2, 1917

Granted 10 days furlough


Nov 10, 1917

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion and On Command Officer Training Battalion, Bexhill


Jan 26, 1918

To be Temporary Lieutenant, EORD


Jan 27, 1918

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion from EORD


Jun 3, 1918

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on posting to 21st Battalion


Jun 4, 1918

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and TOS 21st Battalion


Jun 8, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Aug 7, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the Field


Oct 29, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 16, 1918

Rejoined unit from leave


Mar 8, 1919

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #31219 and #31583



Apr 3, 1919

Transferred to Records List on unit being proceeding to England


Apr 8, 1919

Proceeded to Canadian Embarkation Camp in England


May 8, 1919

TOS 17 Reserve Battalion and attached to CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) Witley


Jun 24, 1919

Detached to NSRD (Nova Scotia Regimental Depot)


Jul 11, 1919

SOS OMFC (Overseas Military Force Canada) on proceeding to Canada


Jul 22, 1919

SOS CEF on being Demobilized



British War Medal and Victory Medal sent first to 15 Pleasant St and then to 3 George St, both of Sydney Nova Scotia – no date is given 

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