Lance Corporal Stanley James Crook

Service Army Service No. 9636
Rank Lance Corporal
Regiment:Devonshire Regiment, 1st Battalion
Date of Birth: 1895
Date of Death: 24/08/1915
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription CROOK S.J. L/CORPL DEVON REGT

Service History

At some point before the outbreak of war Stanley enlisted with the Devonshire Regiment and was promoted to Lance Corporal by the time of his death at age 20.The 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment had been based in Jersey as part of the Channel Islands' garrison at the outbreak of war and were soon transported to Le Havre to become a lines-of-communication battalion, before joining the 3rd Division fighting on the Aisne to form part of the initial defence of France and Belgium.

Stanley James Crook died in action one year later. The Devonshire regiment moved to lines on the Somme near Carnoy.

It is not known how he died, but his grave was marked as 'Killed in Action' and the Register of Soldiers' Effects records that it was at Maricourt.

Association with Dawlish

Stanley James Crook was the oldest son of James Henry Crook (1874-1923) and Alma Leah Saunders.

His father was shown as a Mason (1901) and a Bricklayer (1911), possibly indicating changes in methods of construction at that time. They had five children Stanley (1895-1915), Clarence (1896-1915), Alice May (1898- ), John (1903- ), and James (1904- ).

Alma Crook died in Q3 1908 (free BMD).

Stanley went to Dawlish Boys' School and is recorded on their Roll of Honour. He became a bricklayer's labourer, probably working with his father, and in 1911, at age 16, he was living with his grand parents William and Elizabeth Crook at 8 Badlake Hill. His attachment to his grand parents is more marked by the fact that his War Gratuity was paid to them, rather than to his father.

Devon Roll of Honour Crook, Stanley James, L/Cpl, Devon Regt, 24th August 1915, France
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: James Henry Crook, father
Last Known Address: 8 Badlake Hill

Stanley Crook face

S J Crook battlefield burial site marker

Stanley Crook medals and post box

Extract from Western Times, 3 September 1915

Free Birth Marriage Death records

Newspaper accounts in the Dawlish Gazette held by Dawlish Museum.

'West Country Regiments on the Somme' by Tim Saunders

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Census records

UK Register of Soldiers' Effects 1901-1929