Private Clarence Henry Crook
|Regiment:||Devonshire Regiment 2nd Battalion|
|Date of Birth:||1896Born Dawlish||Date of Death:||17/03/1915|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||CROOK C.H. PTE. DEVON REGT|
He may have been with the Territorials before the war as he arrived in France on 5th November 1914 which made him eligible for the 1914 Star. His father received in due time a Death Grant of £5.10s.0d and a War Gratuity of £3.0s.0d, as well as the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
“Dawlish people heard with much regret yesterday of the death of Pte. Clarence Crook, of the 2nd Devons, who was recently killed in action. His father, Mr James Crook, who resides at Golden Terrace, Dawlish, received the news through a chum of his son, who witnessed the death.”
Association with Dawlish
Clarence Henry Crook was the second son of James Henry Crook and his first wife Alma.
After the death of Alma in the July- September quarter of 1908, James Henry Crook remarried later that year and is shown living with his new wife, Louisa Hamilton (1888- ).
In the 1911 census return, there were two more children, John, 7,(1904- ) and James, 6, (1905-) from his first marriage and Edith Louisa, 18 months, (1909-1993 ) from his second marriage. They were living at Golden Terrace, Dawlish.
Clarence Henry was 15 and working as a Telegraph Messenger for the Post Office.
|Devon Roll of Honour||Crook, Clarence Henry, Private, Devon Regt, 17 March 1915, France|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||James Henry Crook, father|
|Last Known Address:||Golden Terrace, Dawlish.|
|Clarence Henry Crook - life story|
|Order of Service for Clarence Henry Crook|
|Clarence Henry Crook - Dawlish Gazette|
|Clarence Henry Crook letter from CO - Dawlish Gazette|
Refs via subscription sites:
Newspaper extracts via National Newspaper Archive
Forces War Records
WW1 Service Medal Rolls
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
UK, Register of Soldiers' Effects 1901-1929
Philcymro family tree (Ancestry.co.uk)
Oliver family records