William Crooks



Dec 4, 1886

Born in Clarkston, Scotland to William James and Annie T (nee Thomson) Crooks


Aug 7, 1915

Attested into the 64th Battalion in Sydney, Nova Scotia 

Ø      Number 469389

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Annie Wilson Hamilton Crooks, wife, 669 Glasgow Rd., Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Accountant

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years with the 8th Volunteer Battalion, Royal Scots in Scotland

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company 

His brother Samuel Crooks, MC also joined the 64th Battalion 2 weeks later.


Oct 1, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal, this was originally recorded as “Corporal” but amended later to read “Acting”.


Dec 1, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant, this was originally recorded as “Sergeant” but amended later to read “Acting”.


Mar 31, 1916

Embarked the SS Adriatic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 9, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England


Jul 6, 1916

Posted to the 40th Reserve Battalion in Shorncliffe to continue training


Jul 13, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jul 14, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 76 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion and reverted to the rank of Private 

His brother Samuel Crooks, MC was with him


Aug 5, 1916

Left the CBD and joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the Halifax Camp


Aug 22, 1916

Left the entrenching battalion with his brother and joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Quebec Camp as part of a draft of 20 reinforcements


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s advance on a German strong point in a sugar refinery as part of the battle for Courcelette, Private William Crooks was first reported wounded, then reported to have been killed in action.  He was initially buried ½ mile south of Courcelette in a temporary grave. 

When the war had ended, the Graves Registration Commission exhumed his remains and reburied him the Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La-Boiselle France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Annie Crooks, c/o Mr. Joseph Hamilton, 66 Glasgow Rd., Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  The package had been mailed to various addresses before being accepted at that address. 

A Memorial Cross (shown below) was sent to his mother, Mrs. A.T. Crooks, 15 Pleasant St., Sydney, Nova Scotia

His brother, Samuel, survived the war and returned to Nova Scotia


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